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Signs of Dehydration and Heatstroke in Dogs

In the hot summer months, pups can easily become overheated. A dog's body has limited ways of cooling itself through sweat gland between their toes and by panting. 

It's important to recognize the signs of dehydration and heat stroke in order to prevent and address them.

  • Skin: Has a lack of elasticity. Pinch the skin on their neck and see how quickly it bounces back. If the skin is dry and slow to recover, this may be a sign of dehydration.
  • Gums: Are sticky or dry. When a dog hasn’t had enough water, his saliva becomes increasingly sticky and thick. This sticky saliva can build up on the sides of his mouth and your dog may have trouble swallowing it.
  • Eyes: Sunken
  • Urine: Dark, concentrated in color. Without enough liquids in the body, your dog will not pee as often and their urine may appear very dark.
  • Demeanor: Very lethargic, visibly tired.
  • Stomach: Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite
  • Feet: Wobbly and unsteady on feet.
  • Lungs: Excessive panting.

When a dog gets very dehydrated, it can quickly turn into heatstroke. If a dog has quite a few of the following symptoms, call DogVacay immediately and seek care. Symptoms of a Heatstroke:

  • Rapid, heavy panting or hyperventilation
  • Staring, glassy eyes
  • Anxious expression and refusal to obey commands
  • Fever accompanied by bright red mucous membranes on the eyes and gums
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Weakness or collapse
  • Seizures

*If the pup in your care is exhibiting some or all of these symptoms, please contact a pet care professional immediately as well as DogVacay if it is a Guest dog.

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