Summer in Houston, Texas is pretty hot and that is why Pet needs to get enough water.
What is Pet Dehydration?
Pet Dehydration is defined as a lack of water in the body of pets and can cause serious health complications for pets. Water is important to all living beings, including pets. For example, water in dogs helps dissolve substances as well as serves as the root of all biological processes, including circulation, digestion, and waste removal.
Dehydration in pets requires prompt attention because if left untreated it can cause severe organ damage and even worse, death. Hence, it is advisable to visit a veterinary care center if you suspect that your pet is dehydrated.
Causes of Dehydration in Pet
Dehydration in pets can occur as a result of
- Drinking less water.
- Loss of fluid in the pet’s body through vomiting, diarrhea, or panting.
- An underlying sickness such as fever.
- Passing of urine more frequently and in larger volumes than usual. This could be a result of kidney failure, diabetes, and other internal issues.
Symptoms of dehydration in Pets
- Sunken eyes
- Dryness in the mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of skin elasticity.
How To Check for Dehydration in Your Pet
To check if your pet is dehydrated at home, gently lift the skin on the back of your pet’s neck or between the shoulder blades, should it return immediately to its normal position, your pet is fine, if otherwise, it means your pet has lost moisture and this loss has led to a reduction in the elasticity of your pet’s skin.
If you’re worried that your pet might be dehydrated, contact Safari Veterinary Care Center, an affordable pet clinic in Houston Texas, and one of the best veterinarians in Houston TX.
Pets that are prone to dehydration
Generally, pets that have been diagnosed with an underlying illness such as cancer, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and kidney disorder are more prone to dehydration. Also, older pets and pregnant pets are prone to dehydration.
How is Dehydration in Pets diagnosed?
To successfully diagnose dehydration, at Safari Animal hospital, the veterinarian may conduct a series of tests including a ‘head to toe examination’ to assess the severity of dehydration. These tests include aspects of heart function. These tests include blood samples, x-rays, and ultrasound scans.
To treat dehydration, your veterinarian will administer intravenous or hypodermal fluids to your pet. Dehydration depending on the underlying can also be treated using stem cells and Stem cell safari is one of the best when it comes to stem cell therapies.
How to Prevent Dehydration in Pets.
- Ensure your pet has access to fresh, clean water at all times.
- Check your pet’s water bowl every few hours to ascertain your pet’s water intake.
- Ensure you clean your pet’s water bowl daily to prevent bacteria from forming.
- Ensure you purchase a water bowl with a weighted bottom to prevent your pet from knocking the water over.
- Take enough bottles of water with you when traveling or on a walk with your pet.
- Avoid exercising or chaining your pet outside during hot weather.