Frequently Asked Questions about Dehydration Medicine for Dogs
What is dehydration in dogs?
Dehydration in dogs is when a dog's body loses more water and electrolytes than it takes in. Dehydration can result in adverse health effects as a result of reduced blood and oxygen flow to organs and tissues, and extreme dehydration can result in organ failure or even death. The symptoms of dehydration can be easy to miss, but they include dry, sticky gums, loss of appetite, panting, sunken eyes, dry nose and lethargy. Provide your dog with plenty of water, especially on very hot days, and monitor your dog for the signs of dehydration if he is vomiting or having diarrhea. A simple test where you pull your dog's skin up near the shoulder blades and see how quickly it springs back can show if your dog is dehydrated.
Do I need a prescription for dog dehydration medications?
You do need a prescription for dog dehydration medications. The electrolyte imbalances associated with dehydration mean that drinking extra water may not be enough, so your doctor may prescribe injectable or IV fluids with electrolytes to be administered at home. Other commonly prescribed dehydration medicines for dogs include anti-vomiting and anti-diarrheal medications. Chewy carries everything you need to give your dog dehydration medications at home, and we can ship them right to your front door. Simply order them on our site and we'll contact your vet to verify your prescription.