Homemade Solution for Dehydrated Dogs

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: September 20, 2017
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.

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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
  • Depression
  • Lethargy

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.

Homemade Solution for Dehydrated Dogs - Causes and symptoms of dehydration

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 for Dehydrated Dogs - Why should dehydration be treated urgently?

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.

Homemade Solution for Dehydrated Dogs - Homemade solution to treat dehydrated dogs

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.
Homemade Solution for Dehydrated Dogs - Consider the following tips...

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.

If you want to read similar articles to Homemade Solution for Dehydrated Dogs, we recommend you visit our Other health problems category.

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michelle dunn
very informative
Administrador AnimalWised
We're glad to help!
Noeleen Warren
I think my dog has got catflu at this moment, its so bad she pied blood last night, can she still be safed from it?
Administrador AnimalWised

You will need to take your cat to the vet to confirm. Blood in urine is a serious symptom, so you will need to take appropriate measures.
How do I insert the homemade fluids into my dog
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Jamey,

This is an oral hydration solution, you should not try to administer IV fluids to a dog if you do not have the right equipment and don't know what you are doing. You will have to try to administer it to your dog orally. It is not ideal, but this is why it is an emergency solution to combat dehydration. You can tilt their head back to help encourage swallowing and close their mouths over once you have poured some of the fluids in.
Neelam Sonii
My pug dog not eating nowadays weight very loose
Hydration problem. Tell me may he recover
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Neelam, if you are worried about your dog's health, we recommend taking them to the vet. While we can't diagnose a problem, not drinking water can be a sign of a severe issue.
anna mae matios
my dog feels pain on her side stomach, what ca i do to treat the pain?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Anna Mae,

If your dog has pain in its side, it could be due to many medical issues, not necessarily dehydration. It is very important for you to take them to a vet to gain a diagnosis and provide the correct treatment for the issue.
Carl Buick
Solution calls for "small teaspoon." a teaspoon is a teaspoon...there is no "large teaspoon," or "medium" teaspoon. Perhaps you mean "level teaspoon?"

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