Dehydration in Dogs – Know How to Rehydrate your Pekingese


Dehydration in Dogs – Know How to Rehydrate your Pekingese

Just like us, the dogs’ bodies are comprised of 80% water. And dehydration in dogs is also common if we are not careful enough with him. Having sufficient water in your pet’s system determines the flow of food, waste and nutrients throughout his body. And because of dehydration, a dog can acquire several illnesses and the degree would vary depending on his hydration level. One virus that prevents the absorption of nutrients and causes diarrhea at the same time is Parvo which would then lead to severe dehydration.

What is dehydration? It is when the body’s fluid levels would drop less than the normal. This may be due to increased fluid loss or reduced fluid intake. Fluid loss can be due to diarrhea, vomiting, or overheating from a very hot weather.

Dogs that are most at risk for dehydration are the ones who often suffer from several diseases like cancer, infectious illnesses or kidney disorders. Pregnant, diabetic and geriatric dogs are also prone to dehydration.

Dehydration in Dogs

How to Prevent It:

  • Be sure your pet has a source of clean water 24/7, change it regularly too to ensure its freshness. Also, bear in mind to wash his water bowl on a daily basis to prevent any formation of bacteria.
  • Monitor your pet’s intake. In general, a dog would need 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight everyday. If your dog is taking minimal amount of fluids, then consult your vet about it.
  • If you see that your pet is drinking less water than the usual, check his mouth for foreign objects or sores.
  • If you are going out for a long time, avoid chaining your pet outside since he might end up being tangles and cannot access his water bowl.

Steps on How to Rehydrate your Dog:

  • See to it that he has 2x more access to clean water every day.
  • Try to give him Pedialyte. Pedialyte is a drink formulated to rehydrate kids, it also works well with canines. Pedialyte has many flavors, it is advised that you get the flavorless one. If your pet doesn’t want to drink it alone, then try to incorporate it with a bit of chicken broth. The scent and flavor will draw his attention more.
  • Give him ice chips. There are diseases that prevents your pet from drinking water thus it is advised that you hand him ice chips one at a time. You can resort on this step if the pedialyte with broth didn’t work out.
  • If after a day or two his condition won’t improve, then drink him to your vet immediately. Sometimes, the most efficient way to hydrate him is via IV fluids. After all, seeing the vet when your pet is sick, is always a good idea. As experts, they can help you a lot on how to get your dog back on his back fast.

Dehydration in dogs may indicate a serious underlying issue. If you think your pekingese is dehydrated, you better take him to the vet immediately. You can check if he is dehydrated by gently lifting a skin on back of his neck or between the shoulder blades, it should immediately go back in place. He is dehydrated if the lifted part won’t get back in place normally or would form a “tent.”

Have you checked your pekingese’s rehydration status? How did you do it? How did you handle it? Share with us your experience and tips on how to help our sick four-legged companions recover soon.




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  1. Great article but my Pekingese drinks so much water he can pee 5 to 6 times each day

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