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Vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive panting, such as playing in the scorching sun with no water can cause dehydration in dogs. The dog body loses valuable fluids and electrolytes that are essential in maintaining proper organ function. So, how to check if your dog is dehydrated? Follow this instruction and you can do simple dog dehydration test at your home.

Before you do dog dehydration test, you should know…

When a dog’s bodily fluid drops just five percent, you may begin to see signs of dehydration. The dog may be lethargic and his eyes, mouth, and nose may appear dry. His skin may lose its elasticity. In severe dehydration, your dog’s eyes may appear sunken into his skull. He might show signs of shock, which include rapid heart rate, weak pulse, bright red gums and mucous membranes, weakness, shivering, listlessness, unconsciousness, and in extreme cases, death.

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Perform the following tests to gauge whether or not your dog is properly hydrated:

  • Pinch the dog’s skin on the back between the shoulders with your thumb and forefinger. Gently lift the skin 2-3 inches from the body. When you release the skin, it should go back immediately. When the dog is dehydrated, the skin slowly returns to the normal position or in some very bad cases, the skin doesn’t go back at all.
  • Another method for determining dehydration is to check your dog’s gums to feel whether they’re sticky and dry, and while you’re doing that, test for capillary refill time. Press your finger gently against your dog’s gums and then remove your finger. In a well-hydrated dog, the area where you pressed will appear white for a second and then return to its normal pink colour almost immediately. In dehydrated dogs, the capillary refill time takes much longer. 

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