Make Oresol for Dogs
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Dogs are not safe from dehydration. This condition can happen to them because of so many factors, such as digestive disorders or malnutrition. It is a sad fact that many dogs become dehydrated due to neglect and the failure by their owners to address their need for fresh water all day. Dogs especially need to be hydrated all the time because they are covered with fur. They do not have skin like humans do to help them release all the heat accumulated and trapped in their bodies. When they try to cool off, they pant, rather than sweat like people. Panting takes energy, and in order to have energy for panting, they need fast metabolism. Metabolism requires fluids and nutrients in your dog's body. If your dog suffers from dehydration, he or she will have a problem with basic bodily functions, which include regulating body temperature. Your dog could easily overheat during hot weather or when it has a fever. You have to rehydrate your dog to normalize the internal environment of your dog's body. An effective way to rehydrate your dog is by giving oresol, or rehydrating fluids. If you know how to make oresol for dogs, you can surely look forward to helping your dog get back to normal, and be energetic once again.
What you Need to Know About Dehydration in Dogs
It is a given that water makes up a large percentage of a living organism's body. Water makes up about 80 percent of a dog's body. It is vital for the organ functions to be optimally maintained. Canine dehydration is a condition wherein the water level in a dog's body falls below normal. This is caused by severe fluid loss due to injuries or ailments, or inadequate intake of water and nutrients. If your dog has a fever, expect fluid loss. Severe fluid loss is usually brought about by diarrhea, vomiting, or extremely hot weather. Dogs also lose fluids through breathing, elimination, panting, and perspiration though the paw pads.
Beginning symptoms of canine dehydration are increased panting, warm skin, exhaustion, slowed physical activity, behavioral changes such as apprehension, lethargy, dry mouth (includes nose and gums), sunken eyes, appetite loss, and depression. Intermediate signs are loss of skin's elasticity, delay in capillary refill, and greater than 105 degrees Fahrenheit as a rectal temperature. Final signs are wobbly gait and weak hind legs. Remember that dehydration may be an indication of a very serious health problem. It is best to take your dog to your vet immediately once you detect signs of dehydration. A sign that your dog is dehydrated is if the skin between your dog's shoulder blades does not return to its original position after you gently lift it. Your vet will be able to confirm dehydration with complete testing. Once the diagnosis is finalized, treatment should be given immediately. Dehydration is not breed specific. It can happen to any breed. Dogs that suffer from infectious diseases, kidney ailments, and cancer may experience dehydration. Nursing dogs, diabetic dogs, pregnant dogs, and elderly dogs are also prone to this condition. Treatment of dehydration usually involves administering subcutaneous or intravenous fluids to your dogs. Additional tests can be performed so that any underlying causes may be determined.
How to Make Oresol for Dogs
Your dog can experience dehydration at any given time or place. Be ready to help your dog by always having the necessary ingredients to make your own oresol for dogs. Nerve conduction, blood pH, and cell hydration will be maintained if you immediately replace the lost electrolytes.
Things You'll Need
- Natural or organic sugar (you can use table sugar, agave syrup, fructose, or honey)
- Baking soda or salt
How You Make It
- 1Dogs don't easily lose sodium.With this, you have to take note that sugar should be given in higher amounts.Advertisement
- 2Dissolve 8 teaspoons of sugar and a teaspoon of salt for every liter of water.Advertisement
- 3Mix the solution thoroughly.
- 4Give a fresh bowl of it to your dehydrated dog immediately and wait for normal bodily conditions to return.
Preventing Canine Dehydration
You can prevent dreadful dehydration in dogs by following the tips given below:
- 1Monitor your dog's intake of water on a daily basis.Advertisement
- 2Provide fresh, clean water every moment of the day.It is advisable to change the bowl of water all the time. Always clean your dog's water bowl to prevent bacterial accumulation.
- 3Bring water for your dog when you exercise or travel together.
- 4Provide weighted water bowls to ensure stability of the container when your dog is drinking.
- 5Do not chain your dog outside without any proper shade.
- 6Check your dog's mouth for any sticks, burrs, or sores that may be giving discomfort while drinking or eating.
- 7Do not let your dog drink from your toilet.Always replace your toilet seat cover.
- 8Rehydrate your dog gradually if your dog has not eaten food or drank water for days.Over-hydration can be a cause of vomiting and this could contribute to the worsening of dehydration.
- 9Allow your dog to rest first before giving water.
- 10Let your dog lick ice cubes.
- 11See your vet if your dog refuses to drink.Advertisement
You can battle dehydration by giving your dog homemade oresol. This is the most effective solution to excessive fluid loss. Just make sure to let your vet know of the solution you made for proper guidance and dosing.
- Never use Stevia, sucralose, aspartame, or any other artificial sweetener. These will not be able to replace the sugars that your dog has lost.
- Xylitol (artificial sweetener) can cause seizures, poisoning, and even death in any dog.
Questions and Answers
Can I give oresol to my puppy?
My puppy is vomiting and won't eat or drink.
It's best to see a veterinarian as quickly as possible when a puppy refuses to eat or drink. Most of the time when an animal refuses to eat or drink they are sick. There are many viruses that puppies are more susceptible to than older dogs. It would be best to have your veterinarian rule these out as most are usually fatal in puppies.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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