Before you give a dog an electrolyte boost, you must know what the symptoms of dehydration are.
For starters, dehydration causes imbalance of minerals that are responsible for several functions in your fido’s system. Such functions include balance of pH, movement of nutrients, facilitation of muscle function, and regulation of nerve functions.
Unfortunately, these are internal roles whose failure can signify a host of other canine diseases.
So, what are the symptoms of low electrolytes?
A lethargic dog will appear tired and sluggish.
They will be uninterested in playing or taking a walk. Lethargy also makes them eat slower and less likely to even respond when called out.
Disorientation, loss of appetite, and restlessness are the other signs of a lethargy.
Vomiting and Diarrhea
Though not a must, when your canine is vomiting, chances are that they will also have diarrhea.
This leads to direct loss of fluids.
When both symptoms manifest at the same time and for long, your fido will definitely suffer from severe dehydration,
Dry and Sticky Gums
If a dog’s saliva appears thicker than normal, then they are suffering from dehydration. The same goes for pale, dry, and sticky gums that are normally supposed to be pink, slippery and wet.
Loss of Skin Elasticity
This is one of the earliest symptoms of mild to severe dehydration. Loss of skin elasticity is also easy to test by just raising your dog’s skin near the shoulder blades. When you release the skin, if your fido is well hydrated, the skin springs back instantly. If dehydrated, the skin will take a longer time to return to its original position.