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Dehydration often accompanies vomiting, diarrhea, hyperthermia, fever, no access to water, and other conditions.

To determine if your dog is dehydrated:

  • Check the tongue and gums – they should be moist
  • Saliva should be watery, if thick and ropy, your dog may be dehydrated
  • Check eyes, if they appear sunken into the sockets, or dry to the appearance, dehydration may be a factor
  • You can also do a skin turgor test by pinching the skin on the top of the head or the back of the neck – if the skin tent does not immediately return to position, then the dog is dehydrated.

What to do:

  • If your dog seems very dehydrated and depressed, seek veterinary attention
  • If only mild, then give frequent small amounts of water
  • Move dog to a cooler area to help reduce panting

What NOT to do:

  • Do not let your dog have immediate free access to water or other liquid
  • Do not feed him any dry food

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