Summer is upon us and with it rising temperatures. As the days get hotter, the chances of dehydration go up. Our pets have just as much of a risk of dehydration as we do. Here is a reminder of what warning signs to look for.

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes
  • Dry nose and gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity

The good news is that most of these signs are easy to spot. To check for skin elasticity, gently pinch their skin between your thumb and forefinger. It should snap back in place quickly. If it snaps back slowly or sticks together, then your pet is probably dehydrated. Bring him or her in for a checkup to see if there are any underlying medical issues contributing to the dehydration.

Remember, keep plenty of water available for pets during the summer. Also, make sure they have a shaded shelter to go to during the hottest parts of the day. You might even want to consider bringing them inside during the mid-day hours depending on how hot it is going to be.

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