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I live in Qld, Australia, where we have a sub-tropical climate and parasites including fleas, ticks
As the summer months are upon us, it is inevitable that when dog owners take their “kids” out or to the dog park, they will become dehydrated. As in humans, dehydration in dogs can be serious. And our dogs obviously can’t tell us when they are dehydrated so we need to look for the symptoms which are generally sunken eyes, lethargy, loss of appetite, dry mouth and depression.
If your dog seems to be dehydrated, take him or her to your Vet
If you think that your dog is dehydrated, try to gently lift the skin on the back of your dog’s neck or between his or her shoulder blades and his skin should immediately return to its normal position. If your dog is dehydrated, his or her skin will remain wrinkled. If it isn’t obvious to you, then your veterinarian will be able to tell whether or not your pup is dehydrated.
If you dog is dehydrated, your veterinarian will give your pup intravenous fluids, and run additional tests, if necessary, to determine the underlying cause of the condition.
Below are some tips to help you prevent your dog from being dehydrated:
1. Make sure to provide clean water for your dog at all times to ensure its freshness. Also, don’t forget to wash your pet’s water bowl every day to prevent bacteria from forming.
2. Watch your dog’s water intake (especially in the summer months). Generally, a dog needs at least one ounce of water for each pound of your dog’s body weight per day. It is especially important to monitor your dog’s water intake if he or she is recovering from diarrhea, vomiting or any other illnesses.
3. Purchase a water bowl with a weighted bottom to prevent your dog from knocking it over.
4. Bring extra water when you’re traveling or exercising with your dog. Make sure your dog drinks it as often as you do. You both need to keep hydrated!
5. If you notice your pet is drinking less than usual, check his mouth for sores or other foreign objects, such as burrs or sticks that might be caught inside.
6. At home, try to keep your toilet lid closed at all times to make sure your dog doesn’t drink from it as it can be a source of bacteria.
Dehydration in dogs is similar to humans
Dehydration occurs when your dog’s fluid levels drop to less than normal. This can be caused by reduced water intake or increased fluid loss. Fluid loss can be due to overheating in hot weather or if your dog is vomiting or has diarrhea. When your dog does become ill and doesn’t want to eat, make sure that he or she remains hydrated.
I hope these tips help and as always, if you are unsure if your dog is dehydrated, the first place to call is your veterinarian.
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If your cat has stopped eating for more than a day, than it probably is more than his or her being finicky. A cat can lose his appetite due to illness and/or even discomfort from an injury but understanding why this occurs and what actions to take will help pet owners steer their pet toward recovery.
Cats in particular independent by nature, therefore, it is sometimes hard to detect illness in our feline friends. Often, cat owners do not notice anything is wrong until our beloved stops eating.
The causes for a lack of appetite are many and varied. In some sensitive pets, even slight discomfort due to an injury, upset stomach or a change in home life will result in a complete refusal to eat, while other pets will only stop eating when seriously ill.
The following are among the most common causes of lack of appetite in your cats.
1. Infection and Viruses: Infections and viruses can cause discomfort and pain, which in turn, makes our cats hesitant to eat. Respiratory infections often cause a desire to eat due to the dulled sense of smell caused by congestion.
2. Medication: Many medications result in feelings of nausea and stomach pain, particularly if they’re given on an empty stomach.
3. Tooth Decay/Injury: Tooth and mouth problems like gum disease can cause pain and discomfort to the point to where the cat stops eating.
4. Trauma: Recovering from trauma due to an accident, fight or operation can cause significant pain and discomfort, resulting in a cat who won’t eat.
5. Discomfort from chronic pain: Chronic conditions like arthritis tend to cause discomfort that makes a cat hesitant to eat.
6. Anxiety or emotional distress: Changes in home life, such as the departure of a family member, the arrival of guests, a new baby, or a new pet can be upsetting and distressing to some cats. So a refusal to eat is not uncommon when a cat finds a situation upsetting.
Hairballs: Normal grooming habits result in an accumulation of hair in the cat's stomach - a hairball - and when that hairball reaches a certain size, it can cause stomach upset and nausea. Ultimately, this leads to the cat bringing up the hairball in the vast majority of cases, but for the few hours preceding the hairball's emergence, a cat can experience discomfort that leads to lack of appetite.
The Effects of Not Eating
A decrease in appetite is often the first sign of illness in cats, followed by a complete loss of appetite and a refusal to eat. Often our cats will also stop drinking, which is a very urgent situation, as dehydration can lead to organ failure in a matter of hours.
If your cat does not start to eat after 24 hours, it is important to call your vet and take her or him in for an appointment.
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If you bring your dog to work with you or you travel a lot with your pup in the car, it is expected that your dog might have an accident once in a while. The first tip for traveling with pets is to make sure to have an old blanket or towel across the seats or dog covers that can be found in pet stores. A cover will not only protect your interior and prevent odors, dirt, and fur from getting into the car seats themselves, they can also be easily removed and tossed into the washing machine.
However, if your dog does have an accident catching you unprepared, below are some tips to help get the smell out in the immediate future:
1. You can place a small bowl of baking soda in the car overnight to see if it absorbs the smell. It is recommended to leave the baking soda in the car for a few days as this should help.
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2. Vodka and water in a spray bottle in equal parts acts as an air freshener. As the solution dries, the alcohol carries off the unwanted odors. Leave the windows open to allow it to dry. Let this completely dry and the alcohol smell will certainly go away and the smell should too!
3. You can also try white vinegar as it acts as an odor remover. Mix it with water in equal parts and spray it in the car, when it dries the smells should be gone or at least not as a noticeable.
4. If you use carpet cleaner and have a wet/dry vacuum, it can easily remove the smells from the fabric of your car. Spray the seats, floorboards, and hatch. Then use the wet/dry vacuum to suck it all up. This is a great remedy if it was a ‘bigger’ accident. You can also steam clean the interior which will remove the odors, dirt, and debris. Open all the windows when letting it dry out.
5. Buy a shampoo for pet stains and urine removal at your local pet store. Try to buy the cleaners that have enzymes for pet stains that break down the chemical compounds of pet urine and remove the smells.
6. After all of the above, top it off by taking your car to the car wash and get a thorough interior wash. You can also buy one of the deodorizer scents while you are there to hang on your mirror or place under the dashboard to have a great scent at all times.
While we love taking our dogs with us while we travel or just drive around, sometimes these annoying ‘accidents’ will occur. But, if you get right on it, the stain and smell should dissipate in a short period of time.
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