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Dog Dehydration Symptoms

It is up to us to recognize when our dog is not his usual perky self. The following list will alert you to signs of possible problems that could need veterinary attention.

  • If your dog exhibits a change in appetite that lasts more than a few days. Both loss of appetite and increased appetite are motives for concern. Puppies should not go for more than 24 hours without eating.
  • If your dog becomes withdrawn, less active or depressed for more than a day or two.
  • If your dog urinates more or less than normal or drinks more water than normal. (When the weather is warm, expect increased water intake.)
  • If your dog vomits or has diarrhea for more than a day or two. Vomiting and diarrhea deplete the body of water and electrolytes and can cause dehydration, which needs immediate veterinary attention.
  • If your dog scratches or licks at a certain area continually.
  • If your dog is sneezing, coughing or has inflamed eyes.
  • If your dog's fur appears dull, matted or ungroomed.
  • If your dog exhibits signs of pain.
  • If your dog appears disorientated or nervous.
  • If your dog pants uncontrollably.


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