When your furry companion takes in too much salt, the salt attacks its cells and causes them to shrink. Ever wondered why salt is used as a preservative to dry out meat? It’s because salt possesses the ability to draw out the moisture in a meat slab.
The same phenomenon occurs when there’s lots of sodium — another name for salt — in a dog’s body system. Shrinking and constriction take place on a cellular level, ridding the dog’s entire body of beneficial moisture essential to its survival.
What’s worse, a lack of early detection and required treatment could later cause death.
Symptoms Of Salt Poisoning
Several signs abound that indicate the likely occurrence of sodium toxicity in your canine pal, especially if you have a solid reason to suspect that it might have had something containing salt.
Here are some of the major symptoms to look out for.
The dryness in a dog’s throat will instinctively drive it to quench its thirst. Therefore, the fresh water in the dog’s system could help to bring stability to the shrunk cells and balance the salt-to-water ratio.
However, depending on how much salt was ingested and when it was consumed before a dog drinks freshwater, the water could either restore balance or worsen the dog’s health.
When brain cells start shrinking from excess sodium, they’ll constrict until they burst. The ruptured brain cells can cause internal bleeding in the skull. They also significantly disrupt the brain’s neurological functions, causing involuntary convulsions and loss of muscle coordination.
As cells in the muscles dry out, they lose shape, fluidity and become stiff. Consequently, the stiff muscles start to vibrate from lack of fluidity, which manifests outwardly as spasms in dogs.
An increase in the body temperature of your dog could mean many things, but sodium toxicity could probably be the reason if it is associated with other listed symptoms.
Other minor symptoms include:
- Swollen tongue