Hi. hope you are all making the most of the lovely weather we are having here in the UK! Summer has started! 🙂
Out of all of my blogs so far, I would say that this is by far the most important one. Todays topic, is very serious and a little bit upsetting but I feel that it is something many pet owners may not be aware of, myself being one.
Water Intoxication. What does that mean to you? Before I would have said water that has harmful germs to your dogs. If you asked me now, my answer would be completely different.
Water intoxication is a rare but often fatal condition in dogs. Water intoxication causes hyponatremia, a condition in which sodium levels drops to dangerously low levels. Symptoms of water intoxication include staggering/loss of coordination, lethargy, nausea, bloating, vomiting, dilated pupils, glazed eyes, light gum colour, and excessive salivation. In severe cases, there can also be difficulty breathing, collapse, loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, and death.
I wanted to give you all a detailed explanation, so you can clearly understand what it is.
How does it happen?
In the summer, a lot of dogs love spending time in the paddling pool or playing with the garden hose. When your dog starts drinking loads of pool water or biting the garden hose (look at the picture above), if they have too much water. This is what causes Water Intoxication.
Almost all of the cases say, that their dogs have never had any problems with water. However, this time they reacted really quickly appearing with symptoms of Water Intoxication within 15 minutes. They say there dog was absolutely fine and all of a sudden it just got worse. So many people didn’t even know this sort of thing existed and was a threat to their dogs. Please make sure you tell anyone with dogs to spread awareness.
Whilst on the subjects, I just wanted to list a few other things to think about over the summer about keeping your dogs safe. Some may be obvious.
1.Lots of ice creams have chocolate on, so make sure when your eating no chocolate goes on the floor. It sounds silly but it does happen! 🙂
2. Don’t leave your dog in a hot car.
3.Don’t assume your dog can swim well.
4.Keep your dog hydrated but not over hydrated.
5. Use soothing spray for dogs with sensitive skin . Dogs can get sun burn to!
6.Limit the amount of time your dogs spend in the sun. My dogs love the sun, so this is something we have to do.
Thanks for reading, please make sure you spread awareness. Make sure you check out my instagram link is on my homepage, my username is : blossomblogs_x