dog water intoxication

Does Dog Water Intoxication Exist?

What is Dog Water Intoxication?

Dog water intoxication, also known as acute water intoxication or water toxicity, is an uncommon problem in dogs that can occur due to increased amounts of fluid in the body which changes blood sodium levels. This is a rare condition but one that has potentially fatal consequences.

In a normal dog there are very specific amounts of fluid and electrolytes inside cells and outside the cells. When the body is overwhelmed and cannot process the fluids, electrolytes in the body which are normally present in very precise ranges begin to shift. For example, excess water can dilute the sodium level in the fluid outside the calls. The body tries to compensate, which ends up causing water to go into the cells, including the brain cells, which can cause life-threatening neurological damage.

Learn more about what is normal – How Much Water Should a Dog Drink?

Causes of Dog Water Intoxication

Dog water intoxication can occur from the following:

What Are Signs of Dog Water Intoxication?

Symptoms of dog water intoxication may include:

Treatment of Water Intoxication in Dogs

The treatment of water intoxication will depend on the underlying cause and the symptoms displayed by the patient.

How to Help Your Dog

If you believe your dog has water intoxication, please call your local veterinarian or veterinary emergency clinic immediately. They will help to guide you on the recommendations for care.

You can prevent water intoxication by monitoring your dog’s interaction while swimming or with pressurized water sources such as the sprinkler or garden hose. Give your dog frequent breaks when exercising and offer frequent opportunities to drink fresh clean water.

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