Your dog was given intravenous fluids during surgery, so he or she might not be interested in drinking for the first day or so post-op. Before you get overly concerned that your pup might be dehydrated, here are two simple ways to check for it:
Skin Tenting Test:
How to do it:
Using your index finger and thumb, gently pinch the skin at the top of your dog's head between his ears or in between his shoulder blades and look to see how quickly the skin flattens out after you release it.
HYDRATED = the skin flattens out almost immediately
DEHYDRATED = the skin remains elevated or "tented" for more than 2-3 seconds
Check Their Gums:
How to do it:
Lift the side of your pet’s lip and gently run your finger along the top of the gum line.
HYDRATED: gums feel moist and slippery
DEHYDRATED: your finger sticks to the gums because they feel dry or tacky
IMPORTANT: If you suspect dehydration, contact the primary care veterinarian or surgeon ASAP.
Helpful tips for getting your dog to drink:
If your dog isn't interested in drinking but will eat (Hand-feeding sometimes helps):
IMPORTANT: Choose veggies rather than fruits for diabetic dogs, and NEVER GIVE GRAPES AS THEY ARE HIGHLY TOXIC TO DOGS!
Offer foods with high water content such as:
What did you do to entice your dog to stay hydrated? Please comment below.
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