What Are the Symptoms of Dehydration in Cats and Dogs?

Cats and dogs, like any person, can suffer from dehydration if they aren’t getting enough water. You have to be careful as there is always a potential for your pet to suffer from dehydration even in the event that it gets water every day.

You must especially be aware of the signs of dehydration in your pet. These concerns include the following problems:

  • Your pet might not be as hungry as it used to be.
  • Lethargy or a lack of energy could be a threat.
  • Sunken eyes are a sign of a pet not getting enough water.
  • The pet’s skin might not be as flexible as usual. That is, the skin does not move back to its original position in the event that you grab it and stretch it by a small bit.
  • Your pet might be panting excessively. This could be from the pet trying to take in the humidity in the area because your pet is struggling to stay hydrated.

These symptoms may come from a variety of issues:

  • Warm weather might be a serious threat in that it’s easier for pets to lose water when it’s hot.
  • If your pet has vomited recently or experienced diarrhea then it might become dehydrated.
  • You might not be giving your cat or dog enough water.
  • The diet you give to your pet may be a concern if you only feed your pet dry food. Sometimes dry food can take away some of the water that your pet consumed.

You must get your pet enough water in the event that it is suffering from dehydration. Talk with your veterinarian to see if there are any medicines that your pet could benefit from as well.

Remember to take care of the dehydration that a pet might experience as soon as possible. This is to ensure that your pet will not be at risk of serious harm or danger for whatever reason.


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