One of the biggest misconceptions about pet dehydration is that it is somehow weather dependent. Making sure that your dog or cat gets enough water during those hot summer months is obvious, but why would you need to worry about this when the weather starts cooling down, right?
Wrong. The truth is that pet dehydration can happen at any time, in any weather condition and in any geographical location. Understanding the warning signs of pet dehydration will put you in an ideal position to keep your furry little friend safe from harm at all times.
The Signs of Dehydration in Dogs
Dehydration in pets in general (but especially in dogs) can happen due to a number of reasons, from an increased fluid loss because of illness to a reduced water intake and more. If your dog is in desperate need of more water, pay attention for a few key signs. These include sunken eyes that your dog may not have displayed prior, a general loss of appetite (especially if such a loss is uncharacteristic given the animal in question) and dry mouth. Two other important warning signs to watch out for include lethargy and depression.
In dogs in particular, the pets that are most at risk for dehydration are ones with any type of existing illness, dogs who are older in age and dogs who are pregnant. These pets should be monitored for these warning signs regularly for the best results.
The Signs of Dehydration in Cats
Many of the same warning signs for dehydration in dogs also carry over to cats. These include things like sunken eyes, dry mouth, a loss of appetite, lethargy and depression. With cats, however, there are a few other signs you need to watch out for. If your cat begins panting, it may be trying to tell you that it is in need of more water. A sudden decreased skin elasticity and an elevated heart rate are also very common warning signs of dehydration in cats.
Dehydration in cats is something that can occur in a number of different situations. If your cat has increased its normal level of activity or reduced its water intake, this could be a sign that dehydration is about to occur. A cat dealing with an illness or its side effects (like vomiting) can also experience increased fluid loss, which can easily lead to dehydration.