Nothing calls to us during the warmer summer months more than the outdoors and we love to bring our dogs along with us. In addition to packing their food and favorite toys, it’s important to bring plenty of water and if they’re not getting enough, to be aware of the signs.
We’ve compiled a checklist of signs to keep an eye out for while enjoying the summer heat:
- Skin: Lack of elasticity. Just like our skin, it can indicate when Our body is low on water. Pinch the skin on their neck and see how quickly it bounces back. If the skin is dry and slow to recover, this may be a sign of dehydration.
- Gums: Sticky or dry. When a dog hasn’t had enough water, their saliva becomes increasingly sticky and thick. This sticky saliva can build up on the sides of their mouth and your dog may have trouble swallowing it.
- Urine: Without enough liquids in the body, your dog will not pee as often and their urine may appear very dark.
- Demeanor: Very lethargic, visibly tired
- Stomach: Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite
- Feet: Wobbly and unsteady
- Lungs: Excessive panting.
When you’re sure your pet is in good shape, after and even during your adventures, be sure to reward their hard work with Buckley treats!