Dehydration is a serious problem for both dogs and cats, especially during the hot summers in Arizona. Without prompt treatment, severe dehydration can result in kidney problems and other complications. If you think your pet could be dehydrated, call your veterinarian right away.
How Much Water Dogs and Cats Need
Cats typically need about 3.5 to 4.5 ounces of water per five pounds of body weight on a daily basis. If you’re feeding your kitty wet food, he or she will get some water from the food as well as from the water bowl. Dogs generally need at least one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. However, bear in mind that for both dogs and cats, particularly hot weather can increase their water intake needs. In addition, pets need more water if they are highly active.
How to Tell If Your Pet Is Dehydrated
You should empty, wash, and refill your pet’s water bowl at the same time every day. When you refill it, be sure to fill it to the same level every day. These habits allow you to carefully monitor your pet’s water intake. If you notice the water level is much higher than usual, your pet isn’t drinking enough water. In addition, watch out for the following signs of dehydration:
- Listlessness and lethargy
- Pale, dry gums
- Refusal to eat
- Sunken, dull eyes
- Elevated heart rate
- Reduced urination
Pay close attention to your pet if he or she has been vomiting or having diarrhea, as these can increase the risk of dehydration.
How to Treat Dehydration in Pets
First, encourage your pet to drink water slowly. Drinking too quickly when dehydrated can cause vomiting. If your pet doesn’t recover quickly, refuses to drink, appears to have severe symptoms, or has an underlying health problem, you’ll need to bring him or her to the vet right away. Your veterinarian can administer fluids subcutaneously or intravenously to rehydrate your pet and balance the electrolyte levels.
If you think your pet is dehydrated and in need of medical attention, please call Horizon Animal Hospital right away. Our caring veterinary staff in Scottsdale offer intensive care services to help ill pets recover quickly. You can reach us at (480) 800-4559.