Dehydration is when a dog or cat has an excessive loss of body water, this symptom could be life-threatening. Dehydration can be caused by either a lack of water intake, or an increase in fluid loss. Excessive fluid loss is often caused by diarrhea, vomiting or overheating. In case of hydration is it advised to consult a veterinarian to determine the cause.
How to Recognize
Panting, dry mouth, fatigue, a fast heartbeat, and loss of appetite are common symptoms that your pet is dehydrated.
Pets become dehydrated when they do not drink enough water. Pets are more susceptible to dehydration in hot weather and/or if they are very active.
If your pet appears dehydrated, provide him/her with cool water immediately. As a rule of thumb, dogs should drink one ounce of water per pound they weigh, and more if they are active and in hot weather. If your pet is dehydrated due to hot weather, move your pet into a cool area.