Prevent Doggie Dehydration

Follow these tips and tricks this summer to keep your dog happy, hydrated, and healthy.

Posted: April 28, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Whether lounging in an air-conditioned den or running or playing outdoors, your dog needs ample amounts of fresh water during the hot summer months.

Veterinarians recommend that a dog drink ½ to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily. Be sure to increase this amount during the summer to ensure that your dog is being properly hydrated.

Lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and standing water can harbor dangerous bacteria that may cause your dog to become sick, especially if there is chemical runoff from nearby farm fields, or weed killers or insecticides.

How to check if your dog is dehydrated:

  1. Gently pinch the skin on your dog’s neck. If the skin doesn’t go back to its original spot as you let go, your dog is under-hydrated.
  2. If his gums look drier than normal and are discolored, he is probably dehydrated.
  3. Excessive or uncontrollable panting.

If you notice signs that indicate your dog may be dehydrated, take him to a veterinarian immediately.

These tips are provided by Handi-Drink. For more information, visit


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LaLa   salinas, CA

4/28/2008 9:15:07 PM

good info and i have a handi worth having one

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Liza   Grand Bay-Westfield, NB

4/28/2008 10:59:31 AM

I read that if your dog is too hot you shouldn't give them too much water. Apparently a lot of water means more weight added to the dog and the dog's body would have to work harder to stay cool so it ultimately defeats the purpose.

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Cheril   Amarillo, TX

4/28/2008 9:30:16 AM

Good information! I've printed it to keep in my First Aid file! Thanks!

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Jane   Amherst, MA

4/28/2008 6:04:24 AM

Good tips! have to watch out for my dog. He's black!

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