Facts to Know About Puppy Dehydration

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Many conditions affect pets, and puppy dehydration happens to be one of them. Dehydration is not something that should be taken lightly and if ignored could lead to serious consequences. That said, a pet parent should always be on the lookout for the signs of pet dehydration, but the primary objective should be to keep your pet healthy. This guide looks at various aspects surrounding pet hydration and dehydration in pets.

What Causes Puppy Dehydration

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The first step towards addressing puppy is to understand the possible causes of pet dehydration. In most cases, the primary causes of dehydration include diarrhea, fevers, and vomiting. Other possible reasons for pet dehydration could be if your pet has diabetes, bleeding problems, kidney diseases, or any other ailments that interfere with its ability to eat or drink. Seasonal variations, especially hot summers could also be possible risk factors for puppy dehydration.

Signs of Puppy Dehydration

Knowing if your puppy is dehydrated should not be hard as long as you remain observant. Since a puppy has no way of telling you, here are some signs that could be indicative that your puppy is dehydrated.


Checking your dog’s mouth can tell you a lot about its hydration status. A dry mucous membrane and sticky gums and tongue show that there is a good chance that your pet is dehydrated. However, when checking the mouth for dehydration, be sure to ensure that the abnormality is not caused by a feeling of agitation, which could also cause dry gums.


The condition of the skin can also be an indicator of dehydration. As such, it is imperative to assess the elasticity of the puppy’s skin. In normal cases, the skin will always spring back after a gentle lift. However, if it’s retracting slowly, the chances are that the pet is dehydrated. A slow reaction indicates that there your pet is dehydrated.

Capillary Refill

pet examination Capillary refill defines the time taken for the skin to return to its normal position after you gently press a finger. Gently press your finger against the puppy’s gum, and assess how long it takes before the pigment returns. If it takes not more than two seconds, there is no cause of concern.

Treating Dehydration in Puppies

If you suspect any possibility of dehydration, it is advisable to ensure it is addressed as soon as possible. You can find more details on this Puppy Pointers post about puppy dehydration. Puppy dehydration is quite common, but it is not advisable to play the wait-and-see game. Instead, be proactive and if possible make an effort of preventing incidences of dehydration.