Can Dogs Drink Salt Water? Salt Water Poisoning In Dogs

Can Dogs Drink Salt Water?
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Summer is here. It means you and your four-legged buddy can enjoy some fun time at the beach.

Caution – Make sure that your pet does not consume excess salt water. They can become ill.

In 2018, Chris Taylor lost O.G, a six-year-old Labrador, to saltwater poisoning.

As per reports, Taylor said his O.G. swallowed lots of salt water. The signs of saltwater poisoning include diarrhea, wobbly, and appearing tired.

O.G. recovered the next day only to become worse in the following days. He stopped eating food and later failed to respond to his owner’s call.

Chris rushed O.G. to the nearest vet emergency, but his brain had started to swell. He did not respond to medicine.

The vet recommended euthanization and Chris agreed with a heavy heart.

Side Effects of Salt Water Poisoning

Some of the common dog saltwater poisoning symptoms include –

  • When a dog consumes excess amounts of saltwater, the sodium in the water builds up. This forces the body to release water to counter the salt intake.
  • Seizures, lethargy, and swelling takes place

How to decide if your doggie had excessive saltwater?

The basic signs of saltwater poisoning include-

  • Confusion
  • Lack of appetite
  • Excessive thirst
  • Diarrhea

Dog owners should give their pets enough clean, drinking water before going to the beach.

Preventing Saltwater Poisoning

Feed your pet with fresh water every 15-20 minutes because dehydration can set in anytime.

When you reach home from the beach, vets urge pet parents to check their pet’s behavior. If you find anything abnormal,  talk to your local vet at the earliest.

Treatment for Saltwater Poisoning

Lowering sodium levels increases the fluid on the dog’s brain.

A vet will subscribe to IV fluids. The next step is to treat her seizures, and brain swelling.

The electrolyte balance and water content will be restored to normal levels. Extra medications and care may be suggested, depending on your pet’s condition.

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