Homemade Solution for Dehydrated Dogs
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Dehydration is a condition that can occur in dogs that eliminate more fluids than they ingest, which can happen as a result of a wide variety of illness. Far from being a trivial matter, dehydration can be a veterinary emergency, as severe cases can endanger the animal's life.
To address this condition properly and as soon as possible, it is important that the owner learns to recognize situations in which dehydration can occur, as well as the symptoms that indicate a low level of body fluids.
Treatment is very straightforward (unless it is a severe case of dehydration), as you'll see below. We at AnimalWised will give you a practical guide on how to make a homemade solution for dehydrated dogs.
Causes and symptoms of dehydration
As mentioned above, dehydration occurs when the liquids eliminated from the body far outweigh the liquids ingested by the animal. This usually happens as a result of vomiting and diarrhea, as well as elevated temperatures that may cause heatstroke.
Typical symptoms of dehydration in dogs include:
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Dry gums
- Dry tongue
Another sign that should raise alarm is increased capillary refill time. When you press your dog's paw pads and it takes a long time to return to its previous color, this indicates a decrease in blood supply.
Why should dehydration be treated urgently?
Loss of body fluids leads to a electrolyte loss. Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that are present in blood and other fluids, which play important roles in the body, such as regulating our pH and numerous other chemical reactions.
Electrolyte loss can lead to a change in pH balance as well as an alteration in multiple chemical reactions. Given that chemical reactions are central in physiology, a loss of electrolytes can lead to a serious state of imbalance within the body, which can be fatal.
Homemade solution to treat dehydrated dogs
Oral re-hydration solutions that are also suitable for our pets can be found in pharmacies (check with the pharmacist and your vet first). If you'd rather make your own homemade solution, you'll need the following ingredients:
- 1 litre of natural mineral water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 small teaspoon salt
- 1/2 small teaspoon baking soda
- The juice of half a lemon
It's very simple to make:
- Boil a litre of water.
- Once brought to the boil, turn off the heat and pour it into a heatproof container (not plastic).
- Add all the ingredients and stir well.
This solution should replace the dog's water. It has a 24-hour stability period so it should be thrown away the following day.
Consider the following tips...
- There are many canine diseases which can cause dehydration, so it is imperative that you take your dog to a vet for a thorough examination.
- Home treatment with an oral re-hydration solution does not substitute the supervision of a veterinarian.
- If symptoms of dehydration are severe and the animal is severely affected, you should go to the vet urgently. In severe cases, fluid replacement is required intravenously.
- If your dog does not drink the solution, you should go to the vet who will be able to offer alternative re-hydration treatment.
This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.
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