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How to Re-hydrate Your Dog After Vomiting

If your dog is vomiting repeatedly and is unable to re-hydrate, either because he is refusing to drink or every time he drinks he vomits again, your best bet is to play it safe and take your dog to the vet. At times, the vomiting will not subside until the underlying cause of the vomiting is addressed. For instance, in the case of a dog with an intestinal blockage, you can try to hydrate as much as you want, but theres no way you can solve the issue without having your dog undergo surgery to remove the source of the blockage! The same goes for other serious causes of vomiting that need to be addressed by a vet. Also, keep in mind that at times, signs of dehydration may not be readily recognized and only the vet may accurately assess the dogs level of dehydration.

Helping your dog re-hydrate may get tricky if your dogs stomach is still upset. Gulping large amounts of water may cause further vomiting and dehydration. For mild, self-limited vomiting you can try the following protocol to help your dog re-hydrate.

Rehydrate a Sick Pup

If your dog is healthy, he should not face any of the above symptoms of dehydration.

Once a while he may pant or pee yellow. Nevertheless, once he has his drinking water, he will be fine.

On the other hand, a sickly dog that has diarrhea and vomiting as part of the sickness symptoms will almost have all these symptoms.

Incorporate your dog’s dry food with dog food with much water.

Incorporating a few changes in their diet is an easy way to help prevent dehydration for pets.

This is certain if water bowls are too high or challenging to reach from where you leave them after you feed him.

Putting water in empty water bowls next to their normal feeding dishes will also make them more likely to drink from both sources!

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Like all living things, dogs need to drink daily in order to remain healthy. A dog should be getting at least an ounce of water for every pound of weight. Water makes up 80 percent of a dogs body and is required proper circulation, digestion, toxin and waste removal. However, when a canine becomes ill, suffers from fever, diarrhea or vomiting, they may lose the desire to eat and drink. They then may become seriously dehydrated in as little as 24 hours. There are a number of other ways to ensure that the animal receives daily fluid.

Ensure that a dog has plenty of access to clean, fresh drinking water. Position multiple water containers around the interior of the home if necessary. Check each bowl or container during the day to monitor consumption and refill if needed. Wash the containers everyday with soap, water and rinse well to discourage bacterial growth. There are a number of recommended tricks that pet owners may use to entice a dog to hydrate.

• When diarrhea and vomiting are problems, maintain the animals hydration and electrolyte levels with childrens Pedialyte. Combine equal amounts of water and electrolyte fluid in the dogs drinking bowl.

• Clear, non-citrus juices are another alternative. In this way, the canine receives fluid and maintains blood sugar levels.

• Offer the dog a cup of beef or chicken broth made with bouillon throughout the day. Dogs enjoy the flavor and aroma, which will also encourages thirst and helps retain fluid and provides nourishment.

• Many dogs enjoy chewing on ice chips. Supply a continual amount of fresh ice chips during the day. Sick animals often tolerate ice better than water as they are getting hydrated in smaller increments.

• If the dog is still consuming solid food, replace soft or hard kibble with wet canned food. The wet food offers seven times more fluid than dry food, which also helps hydration.

Dog owners can determine if an animal is suffering from dehydration by performing a simple assessment. In dogs of normal, healthy weight, lift the skin by the scruff of the neck or between the shoulder blades. The tissues should immediately flatten back to normal. If the skin remains tented or falls slowly, the animal is likely suffering from dehydration. Dehydrated animals also typically act depressed and lethargic, have dry mouths, no appetite and sunken eyes.

However, sometimes the symptoms are not immediately obvious. Whenever a canine refuses fluids for 18 to 24 hours, these are signs that something is seriously wrong. The animal should then see a veterinarian as soon as possible.