Is Your Pet Dehydrated?

Now that summer’s here, you may be spending more time outside with your doggo. After all, there’s nothing like a nice hike or day at a lake to help you feel recharged.

However, while Vitamin D and exercise are good for you both, you also want to make sure you’re prepared with plenty of water for you and your dog.

You might not think about your pup getting dehydrated, but it happens. July is

National Pet Hydration Month to remind pet parents that dogs can get dehydrated. Here’s what to keep in mind.

Symptoms of a Dehydrated Dog

If you’ve ever been out with your pet and they’re panting excessively, that’s generally a sign they’re thirsty. You probably know dogs don’t sweat and panting is the way they regulate their body temperature. But if your pup doesn’t get enough fluids, he can become dehydrated. 

Common symptoms include:

  • Lethargy
  • Heavy panting
  • Dry gums and nose (if you touch the gums and they feel dry, your dog needs shade and water asap)
  • Sunken eyes
  • Reduced skin elasticity

You might wonder what reduced skin elasticity means? According to the AKC, this is an easy way to test. Gently pinch your pet’s skin and then let go. Watch how it returns to place. In healthy dogs, it’s an instant return but for dehydrated pooches, it’ll take longer. Yes, it’s a good idea to try this at home under normal circumstances so you have a basis for comparing!

How Much Water Does Your Pet Need?

At home, it’s easy to keep a fresh and clean water supply for your pets. It’s a good idea to wash the bowl daily and refill it throughout the day.

The general rule is pets should have an ounce of water per pound every day. So, if your dog weighs 20 pounds, they should drink 20 oz. of water. Now, if they’re out in the heat and running or otherwise spending time outdoors, they may need more because they’re burning energy and heating themselves up.

If you’re out for a day of fun, be sure to bring a water bowl with you along with enough water and plan for shade.


As you know, our dogs are the ultimate people-pleasers and they’ll do anything to keep us happy. You know your dog best but in hot climates, it’s usually a good idea to limit outdoor activities during the heat of the day to prevent pet dehydration.This is especially true if your pup is older or has health conditions.

What kind of summer fun are you planning with your dog?