Water Intoxication

Posted: 3rd July 2018

Heat stroke is not the only danger in this hot weather - water intoxication is dangerous and can be quickly fatal! If your dog is showing any of these clinical signs, please call us immediately 01453 542092

Symptoms of water intoxication

Mild Symptoms

  • Loss of co-ordination
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Dilated pupils
  • Glazed eyes
  • Pale gums
  • Excessive salivation

Severe Symptoms

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Collapses
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Coma

How to Prevent Water Intoxication:

  • Continuous supervision of dog’s activities involving water
  • Establish a limited timeframe for playing with and around water
  • Keep the dog well hydrated to reduce his desire to drink unsupervised
  • Use flat toys instead of rounded ones, since they absorb less water
  • Check your dog’s kidneys at least once a year to make sure the body is processing fluids well
  • Don’t leave the dog alone in a place with unlimited access to a large water source
Water Intoxication

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