Water is a vital element in the life of living beings. The body of people, like that of dogs, is made up of approximately 80% water. That means an animal of this type can survive longer without eating than without drinking water.
Like people, dogs need to stay hydrated since they tend to be very active and energetic in their daily life, which means that their bodies require this liquid from time to time, especially when exercising.
We can estimate that dogs could survive approximately 2-3 days without drinking water, and that would be in the best context. However, the fact that they can survive does not mean that they have to be subjected to such a situation.
Their health would be extremely compromised, and even in the first 10 hours, they could present some type of collateral reaction.
The longer the period of time without drinking water, the more serious the consequences can be. Dehydration in a dog could be so dangerous that it could even cause death.
Factors That Affect a Dog without Water
There are several factors that play a very important role when the puppy runs out of water.
One of them could be the hot and dry environment that it is in since those climatic conditions would lead to faster dehydration, which makes surviving longer without water becomes increasingly difficult.
If the dog has a disease, the chances of a deficiency in its nervous system from not drinking water increase, affecting all the processes in its body.
Its organs would begin to fail, getting worse and worse and increasing its chance of dying. The survival rate without water in these conditions is totally negative.
In case the dog is sick and refuses to drink water, it is very important to take it immediately to a veterinarian to be evaluated and determine the reason why it is not drinking this precious liquid.
Dehydration Symptoms In Dogs
We have two stages related to the appearance of the symptoms that the puppy can present, from when dehydration begins until it becomes more severe.
1st Stage: 12 Hours without Drinking Water
- It is very important to observe the physical state of the puppy. The nose of a healthy dog is always moist most of the time. We can routinely check the dryness levels in that area. When dehydration begins, we will notice that the dog’s nose becomes drier than normal.
- When a dog does not receive adequate fluid intake, its gums tend to appear a little drier than usual.
- The behavior of the dog will be affected due to dehydration. If you know your dog completely, then you will be able to notice that change in behavior.
2nd Stage: 24 Hours without Drinking Water
We will be able to observe how the dog begins to have instability in its motor agility, even stopping moving due to a lack of energy and little oxygenation to the organs and tissues. This will also cause a loss of blood flow.
- Excessive panting may indicate that the dog is overheating. This is a way to regulate its body temperature. The saliva also becomes a little thicker than normal.
- Loss of appetite is caused by decreased fluid supplies, making the dog lose interest in eating.
- Dry, sunken eyes are a very alarming sign because when severely dehydrated, the muscles that hold the eyes in place tend to dry out, making them look noticeably sunken.
How to Treat a Dehydrated Dog?
It is logical that if we notice that our furry friend is dehydrated, we will immediately supply it with fresh and clean water. In case the dog presents some of the symptoms mentioned above, we must take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
The veterinarian will be in charge of making a complete evaluation and determining the correct treatment to help increase the physical stability of the canine.
This can be done through fluid replacement by administering serum with electrolytes intravenously, making the improvement effect faster and more effective.
In emergency cases where we do not have a veterinarian nearby, you can hydrate your pet in the following way:
- Moisten its mouth and skin little by little
- Give it water with the help of a syringe
- Give it soups to drink (without salt or seasonings)
If we do not treat our dog in time when it is dehydrated, it could be at risk of dying depending on the severity of the symptoms it is presenting, so acting quickly is a priority to avoid long-term damage.
How Can I Prevent My Dog from Dying Due to Lack of Water?
On some occasions, dog owners choose to travel without taking their pets with them. It is common for many people to forget to leave their pets with the necessary supplies so that they can survive the days that they will not be present.
Keep in mind that this is a mistake since an animal of this type should never be left alone at home if we have to travel to another city.
The best way to prevent an unpleasant situation is to provide your dog with a constant supply of clean, fresh water. It is also vital to leave a trusted person so that he can give it enough water while you are not there, in addition to other care.
Taking care of our pets should always be our priority. Avoiding bad times is about wanting to take good care of our furry companions, so we must always be careful when leaving them alone for a period in which they may suffer some complications in our absence.
Why Would a Dog Stop Drinking Water?
It is not normal for a dog to spend a whole day without drinking water. If this happens, it means that there is something very wrong with it.
There are several common reasons why a dog would stop drinking water. One of them is mouth injuries and other painful conditions in that area. The dog will avoid drinking as much water as possible if it causes too much pain.
Now keep in mind that the problem may not be visible, so it’s a good idea to take it to the vet to have it checked out. A disease may be the cause of the dog not drinking water.
Other reasons are:
- Fear of drinking from a specific bowl
- Nervousness about being in a new place