How can you tell if your dog is dehydrated?



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    There are multiple ways to tell if a dog is dehydrated. The first is one that works well on humans, in a modified way, too: grasp the skin between the dog’s shoulder blades and pull it back as far as it safely go, and then release. If the skin doesn’t snap right back, the dog is most likely dehydrated.

    Slow capillary refill time (how long it takes blood to refill the vessels after having been blocked, mainly by pressure on the vessels) is also a sign of dehydration. Use a finger to gently press against a part of the dog’s gums into the area turns white, then release. If the pink color doesn’t return quickly, then the dog is probably dehydrated. Also, if the gums are sticky and lack shine, the dog is probably dehydrated.

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    If a dog is panting more than usual, not from excitement or activity, it could be a sign of dehydration.  Also if they have a loss of appetite, or irregular bowel movements.

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    I’d note any excessive panting or what appears to be fainting. If it’s hotter than normal I’d provide water every 3-4 hours during the day time.

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