Liz asked in PetsDogs · 7 years ago

is this considered bad dehydration..need a vet or no?

if it is bad then we will head to a vet...but since only the emergency clinic is open I would like some opinions

her gums are dry and sticky and when her skin is folded up on the neck is does not 'stay' tented but it goes back down slowly

she is active..barking and DRINKING

so vet or no?

5 Answers

  • H
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    If you push your finger onto your dogs gums, the longer it takes for the color to come back, the more dehydrated the dog.

    Dehydration causes a dogs organs to fail one by one very quickly.

    If it were my dog, I would force feed her water every 20 -30 minutes. Use a Turkey baster, plastic syringe or plastic eye dropper and gently force the water into the back of her mouth. Be diligent. You have to seriously do this every 20-30 minutes without fail. Then I would show up at the vets office before they open so you can be the first person there. Vets will squeeze in a dog on an emergency basis.

    If you want to take her to the emergency hospital, it wouldn't be a bad idea.

    Why do you think she's dehydrated if she is still drinking? If it isn't enough water, go ahead and force feed her more. The pale gums are from dehydration.

    Could she have been poisoned? Some dogs get into things without you knowing about it.

    Source(s): Long time dog owner
  • 7 years ago

    No she is ok. If she is drinking, she is fine. She may have gotten a little dehydrated but if she is barking and active as well she is not in any immediate danger. If you're still worried go to the vet tomorrow. She's okay.

    When dogs are severely dehydrated, they will become very tired, dizzy, have nausea, inactive, lethargic basically just like people. Think of it that way and you may feel a little better. Happy holidays

    Source(s): Vet tech Student
  • BJ
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    These are signs that the animal is quite dehydrated and needs help quickly. The amount of water she might be drinking can NOT compensate for the %of dehydration - she most likely needs IV fluids or a significant amount of SQ fluids to help her. The vet will also need to determine the cause of the dehydration. Take to the ER vet - the longer you wait the worse the possible outcome.

  • 7 years ago

    Signs of Dehydration in Dogs

    Dehydration occurs when the total body water is less than normal. Usually it involves loss of

    both water and electrolytes, which are minerals such as sodium, chloride and potassium.

    Dehydration is caused by either a lack of food or water intake or an increase in water loss

    through illness or injury. A fever further increases the loss of water.

    When there is not enough body water, fluid shifts out of the body cells to compensate, leaving

    the cells deficient in necessary water. This leads to dehydration. The severity of the dehydration

    is based on the magnitude of these body water shifts. Dogs lose fluid through: breathing,

    panting, elimination, diarrhea, vomiting, fever and evaporation through the feet and other body

    surfaces. Dogs replenish fluid by drinking water or other liquids and by eating moist foods.

    Beginning Signs

    Visibly tired

    Slowed pace/ Less animation

    Excessive panting, signs of warmth

    Changes in attitude (i.e. appears more apprehensive)

    Eyes appear sunken and lack moisture

    Dry mouth, gums, nose

    Intermediate Signs

    The skin loses elasticity- Pinch a little skin between your thumb and forefinger on your dog's

    back. When you release it, it should pop back into place immediately. As the tissue under the

    skin loses moisture, the skin moves back more slowly. In extreme cases, the skin doesn't pop


    Delayed capillary refill time- Place your index finger firmly against the gums so that they appear

    white. Remove your finger and see how quickly the blood returns to the gums. The time it takes

    for the gums of a dehydrated dog to return to their pink state will be slower than normal.

    Rectal temperature remains > 105° F

    Final Signs

    Weak in the hind end

    Wobbly and unsteady on feet

    Tips To Avoid Dehydration

    Maintaining a constant fluid level is as important in dogs as it is in humans.

    1. Dogs lose a lot of water while panting. Leave two or three bowls filled with water around the

    house, so that he gets enough to drink.

    2. If he has not had a good drink for a long time, start re- hydration slowly ... allowing your dog a

    few sips every few minutes. Overdrinking after a dry spell can quickly lead to vomiting and he

    may end up losing more fluids than he had.

    3. Don't let your dog drink excessive amounts of water after a strenuous exercise session.

    4. Wait a few minutes after your dog has exerted in very heavy exercise and then allow frequent

    but small amounts every few minutes.

    5. If your dog is showing some signs of dehydration, give him electrolyte mixed in water. While

    water helps in replenishing a lot of nutrients, electrolyte can do the job more quickly.

    6. Dogs who have gone a long time without water have a problem holding it down. So let him

    lick ice, he hydrates himself with licking the ice.

    7. If your dog refuses to drink for any extended period of time, consult your veterinarian



    Blood tests such as a complete blood count and biochemistry profile are important to try to find

    the underlying cause of the dehydration but may not reveal if dehydration is present.

    The most important tests are a packed cell volume and total blood protein test. These tests are

    done on a blood sample and can help reveal if dehydration is present. If the packed cell volume

    and total protein are elevated, dehydration is present.

    Determining the concentration of the urine can also help determine if the pet is dehydrated and if

    the kidneys are affected.


    The treatment for dehydration is to supplement the body with fluids. It is often not possible for

    an ill pet to ingest sufficient water to correct dehydration. Fluids are typically administered as an

    injection. The most efficient method of rehydration is through intravenous fluids. This requires

    hospitalization as well as an intravenous catheter.

    Fluid replacement is done slowly to allow the body to compensate and slowly replenish tissues

    starved of fluid.

    Is your dog vomiting, have diarrhea, panting alot or otherwise losing fluids? Are they peeing (is the color light or dark)? If they are not losing fluids through such actions and are drinking, active, barking I think you can wait. You should continue to provide fluids and monitor them closely until you can get them to a vet.

    Good luck.

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  • 7 years ago

    If she is drinking water, then she is not dehydrated.

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