With all the training that goes into getting a dog equipped for K-9 service, and all that they contribute to the police force, it is important to ensure these four-legged officers get the care they deserve. Proper hydration is as important to dogs as it is to us humans.

How do you recognize dehydration in dogs?

How much water should they be drinking?

Keep reading for answers to these questions as well as tips for providing them with enough water to keep them healthy.

Signs that Your Dog May be Dehydrated

Think of things that cause you to feel dehydrated: simply not drinking enough water, being physically active, or periods of illness may come to mind. These same experiences affect the hydration of animals, only they depend on their human to take notice and help them. Recognizing the following signs of dehydration can help to keep your canine hydrated.

  • Panting
  • Thick saliva
  • Dry gums (lips may stick to gums)
  • Dry nose
  • Sunken eyes
  • Low energy
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of skin elasticity

How to Avoid Your Dog Getting Dehydrated

Make sure your canine always has a clean, clear, and cool supply of water to drink. When outside of the home, precinct, or kennel, carry a bottle of water for you and your dog. When you are feeling thirstier than normal, due to heat or activity, consider that your canine may be feeling the same. If your dog is hesitant about drinking, a splash of bone broth may do the trick. Bone broth ice cubes can be extra refreshing on a hot or busy day.

What to Do if Your Dog is Dehydrated

A generally healthy dog will handle slight dehydration better, so make sure your canine is getting regular check-ups with their vet. If your dog is dehydrated to the point of vomiting or loss of appetite, call the vet immediately. In severe cases of dehydration, your dog may need some form of electrolyte replacement. If your dog is experiencing subtle signs, like panting and dryness of gums or nose, then shade, rest, and water should do the trick.

Reisen, J. (2019, June 17). Warning Signs of Dehydration in Dogs. American Kennel Club; American Kennel Club. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/warning-signs-dehydration-dogs/

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