Dry Mouth In Dogs: Causes And Treatment Of Dehydration In Canines

January 21, 2011 | Healthy Dog | Leave a Comment |

Dry Mouth In Dogs

There are two common causes of dry mouth in dogs, they are:

  • Dehydration – When a dog is dehydrated, they will present with dry oral and nasal passages. Dogs, unlike humans, do not have pores where they sweat. They regulate their body temperature through panting. A lot of moisture is lost through this process, so when a dog is dehydrated, their mouth would be dry.
  • Medication – There are certain medications that can cause dry mouth in dogs. These include medications that have been given in order to control an allergic reaction.

In addition to the above, there are also certain diseases that may cause dry mouth in dogs. This includes hyperthyroidism, canine Cushing’s, and others.

When to be concerned

Owners should be concerned when the dry mouth is accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • Sunken looking eyes
  • Syncope (Collapse)
  • Persisting Anorexia (lasting more than 3 days
  • Seizures
  • High Fever
  • Changes in mentation (sudden aggressive behavior)
  • Depression
  • Intolerance to activity

Treatment of Dry Mouth

First of all, an owner must identify if there are certain environmental factors that cause the symptom.

  • If it is just the heat or of the dog has not had water in a while, just give the animal a bowl of water.
  • If it is brought on by the use of medication or a disease, vets may instruct clients to urge their pets to drink more
  • Giving them food rich in moisture may also be an option.
  • If a dog refuses to drink, it may be necessary to give the animal fluid therapy using an intravenous line.

To prevent dehydration in dogs, owners need to make sure that their pets have water nearby at all times.

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