Canine First Aid for Hydrotherapists

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Clinical signs of dehydration in dogs and cats

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Clinical Signs of Dehydration in Dogs and Cats

Understanding Dehydration Signs

Exploring common clinical signs associated with dehydration in dogs and cats:

  • Dry or Tacky Gums: Check for dry or tacky gums and mucous membranes, including the nose.
  • Skin Tent Test: Perform the skin tent test by lifting the scruff at the back of the neck; delayed skin retraction may indicate dehydration.
  • Rapid Heart Rate: Observe an elevated heart rate as a potential sign of dehydration.
  • Sunken Eyes: Look for sunken or deep-set eyes as another indicator.
  • Lethargy: Notice signs of lethargy and overall weakness.
  • Collapse: Be aware of the possibility of collapse, indicating severe dehydration.
  • Altered Consciousness: Watch for changes in the level of consciousness.
  • Panting: Pay attention to excessive panting, especially in cats.
  • Thick Saliva: Recognize thick saliva often described as glue-like in consistency.