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Top Five Indications That Your Pet is Dehydrated

Not only does Optimum Water Solutions have a variety of water filtration systems for your business or office, Optimum cares about your pet too! We’re going to go off-topic a bit here and tell you some helpful information to keep your fur babies safe. 

Here are several different indications that your pet is dehydrated. Although easily prevented and resolved, dehydration in pets can cause permanent organ damage and can even be fatal if left unchecked. Pets are at a higher risk of becoming dehydrated during warmer months and by knowing the signs of dehydration in pets, you can stay on the lookout and ensure that your pet is always properly hydrated!

How Do Pets Become Dehydrated?

Pets become dehydrated for two main reasons. For one, pets sometimes become dehydrated due to drinking less water because of limited access or as a result of certain diseases that cause them to drink less. Another reason that pets can become dehydrated is found in fluid loss caused by heatstroke, vomiting, gastrointestinal disease, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, kidney failure, and cancer.

It should be noted that puppies, kittens, senior pets, pregnant pets, and pets that are suffering from any of the conditions listed above are at a much greater risk of becoming dehydrated. Considering the fact that 80% of dogs’ and cats’ bodies are composed of water, it is essential to all of their bodily functions. 

Dehydration Symptoms in Dogs

Looking for a few other common indicators of dehydration in dogs? Here are a few symptoms that you should stay on the lookout for:

  • Thick saliva
  • Lack of energy
  • Vomiting
  • Dry, sticky gums
  • Dry nose
  • Appetite loss
  • Confusion
  • Lack of coordination
  • Excessive panting
  • Red, inflamed gums
  • Sunken eyes
  • Respiratory issues
  • Depression

Dehydration Symptoms in Cats

Believe it or not, your cat can also become dehydrated. In fact, cats can be a different type of challenge altogether when it comes to staying properly hydrated, as many cats tend to not drink enough water even when it’s required. Additionally, cats are more likely to suffer from dehydration than dogs due to the fact that they are natural carnivores who are used to getting their moisture from prey that they catch in the wild. Further, when feasting on a diet consisting mainly of dry kibble, cats don’t usually receive enough moisture from their food either.

Beyond that, however, there are a few common indicators that you should be looking out for to see if your feline friend is suffering from dehydration. Some of those symptoms include:

  • Little-to-no skin elasticity
  • Lack of energy
  • Sunken eyes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Decreased urination
  • Dry mouth and gums
  • Seizure or collapse
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Lack of coordination

Optimum Keeps Your Staff Hydrated

Optimum Water Solutions have the best water systems for warehouses, business, and offices no matter the size. Our team can sign you up for a FREE 7-day trial to be sure it fits your specific needs. We also have touchless machines that can even help with keeping everyone healthy. Clearly. Pure. Water.