Pets LOVE water, well most do anyhow. Some choose to avoid it at all cost but for those who love hot summer days in water, they drink it, play in it, swim in it and would probably live in it if they could. While water is a life source, it can also be quite deadly for dogs if ingested in large quantities. Beware of water intoxication.
So how does it happen exactly and how can we tell when something just isn’t right? When your dog swims around they ingest water. Drinking too much causes electrolyte levels to drop and blood plasma to thin which ultimately leads to the swelling of the brain and other organs. Most people are completely unaware of it.
If your dog has been in the water and they show the following symptoms, PLEASE seek treatment from your veterinarian as soon as possible!
- Dilated pupils
- Light gum color
- Excessive salivation
- Lack of coordination
- Glazed or glossy eyes
Advanced symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of consciousness
The most important thing is to be aware and be careful. One way to avoid intoxication is to take regular breaks and try to avoid letting your dogs dive for objects under the water. Remember that swimming is great exercise for your pooch, but always in moderation!
Be aware, enjoy the water and stay safe this summer!
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