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Too much of a good thing….

We all know that dehydration can be fatal to our dogs, but now we are learning that too much water intake is equally dangerous!

During summertime, it’s great to see our dogs frolic in the water. It’s so much fun watching them play in their kiddie pools, run around the water sprinkler, or jump into a lake or river to retrieve a ball or stick…

But these activities all have one potential danger – our dogs may inadvertently ingest a large volume of water.

The result?

When there is too much water in the body fluids, sodium levels outside the body cells become significantly depleted (a condition known as “hyponatremia”).

In order to rebalance itself, the body increases fluid intake inside the cells. As a result, the cells are “swollen” with fluid, making them bigger in size.

As you know, the brain is encased inside the hard skull, if the brain cells are swollen with fluid, there is no room for the brain to expand, this causes an increase in the intracranial pressure and a lot of damage to the brain.

So does that mean we shouldn’t allow our dogs to play in the water?

Of course not!

Also, we should learn different ways to prevent this from happening in the first place!

If your dog has is diving, retrieving, and playing in the water make sure that they have frequent breaks.

Watch out for these signs and symptoms:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Loss of coordination (your dog may stagger, stumble, or fall down)
  • Restlessness
  • Pale gums
  • Drooling excessively
  • Dilated pupils

If you suspect that your dog has consumed too much water take him to the vet right away.

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