With the warm weather months upon us our pets require the basic necessities of shelter and water to stay healthy. Like humans, animals are prone to become dehydrated if they endure too much heat and do not have access to an adequate water supply.
Dogs as well as cats require a proper fluid intake. This makes up 80% of their body, allowing them to dissolve ordinary and unusual substances, providing them the means to maintain proper circulation, digestion, waste disposal.
During the heat of the day and into early evening, a dog's activity should be reduced or paused. Exercise activities should be completed in the early morning or in the evening when the sun sets. In the best situation, a dog's exercise routine should be switched to an indoor setting to where air conditioning and water is ample.
According to aspca "dehydration occurs when fluid levels drop to less than normal". This is the caused when a dog's fluid loss is greater than their fluid intake. Loss of fluid occurs when a dog overheats in hot weather, experiences a session of sickness and/or diarrhea.
Dehydration in dogs can be identified with some of the following symptoms: tiredness, dry mouth, sunken eyes, loss of appetite, and depression. Even though you may be able to notice that your pet is suffering from dehydration it is suggested that you visit a veterinarian for a complete diagnosis. In many cases, the aforementioned symptoms can also be symptoms of other forms of illnesses.
Remember, your pets need you to use your better judgment to keep them healthy and safe.