All that said, if your dog is dehydrated, it might be a good idea to offer a little bit of water combined with electrolytes. While it’s not recommended to feed your furry friend an entire bottle’s worth of solution, the glucose and sodium in an electrolyte powder like Liquid I.V. can help to kickstart the rehydration process.
If your dog is exhibiting signs of dehydration (excessive panting, dry mouth and nose, sluggishness, lack of skin elasticity), treat them as you would a child or friend suffering from the same condition. Try to find a cool area, and start by offering your pup a bowl of water. If they begin drinking, monitor their condition and track how much they drink, and consider the benefits of taking your dog to the veterinarian to make sure they’ve fully recovered. If your dog (or any type of pet, for that matter) refuses to drink, try offering them an ice cube to lick. If they stop drinking altogether, take them to the vet right away.
Overall, it’s well worth the investment to always carry a portable dog bowl with you, whether in your car, your daypack, or your work bag. You never know when it might come in handy on a post-work walk or an all-day mountain adventure! And always keep an eye out for the symptoms of dehydration, whether its dehydration in kids, parents, or your furry friends!
Have any personal strategies for keeping your pets hydrated? Let us know in the comments below!