How to Reduce Dehydration in Dogs

Has your dog ever had a bout of vomiting or diarrhea and become so dehydrated he or she couldn’t stand?


This type of dehydration is serious and needs immediate medical intervention. However it can be prevented with a little common sense medicine.

This week my elderly German Shepherd Pal was so hungry on her special cancer diet she knocked over her food bowl and devoured the blanket and towel saturated with the meat juices. Luckily I caught it in time to pull out of her mouth one eighteen inch-long piece of blanket. Then the vomiting set in… she vomited up two more 12 inch pieces of blanket. Then she refused to eat and continued to vomit for two more days before I called the vet. The only remedy for this type of situation is emergency surgery they said.


Being elderly and having poor health Pal wasn’t a good candidate for abdominal surgery so I prayed my Hawaiian Hoʻoponopono prayer over and over and checked her vital signs (breathing, pulse, gum coloring and rectal temperature). I also called my sister-in-law a medical intuitive. Her guides worked on Pal and removed two hands full of disgusting mucus and towel.


The next morning Pal vomited up one more mucus encrusted piece of towel. She was extremely dehydrated. She was able to walk so I bought her some electrolytes and added some fruit juice so the minerals would be able to pass through the cell membranes and be absorbed. Within a very short period of time she felt better. Slowly over a period of hours she regained her proper water level and by the next day was bounding out the door.

I am not a medical doctor and am not advising you what to do in a medical emergency other than get your dog to the vet. Below is some information taken from 

Dehydration in Dogs

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Dehydration is a common emergency in which a dog loses the ability to replace lost fluids orally. These fluids are comprised of vital electrolytes and water.

What to Watch For

The most common symptom of dehydration is the loss of elasticity in the skin. When pulled lightly, the skin will not readily come back to its original place. Another alarming symptom is xerostomia, in which the gums lose moistness and become dry and sticky, and the saliva becomes thick. In advanced dehydration, the eyes sink in and the dog may collapse with shock.

Primary Cause

In addition to persistent vomiting and diarrhea, illness, fever, heat stroke, and a deficiency in fluid intake can all cause dehydration.

Immediate Care

If there is moderate dehydration and the dog is not throwing up, you can treat the dog with Ringer’s lactate (“lactated Ringers” with 5% dextrose in water). You can also administer an electrolytic solution at a rate of 2 to 4 ml per pound (1 to 2 ml per kilogram) of the dog’s body weight per hour. Electrolyte-enhanced waters may be of assistance as well. If you have questions concerning dosage, contact your veterinarian.

If your dog is suffering from severe dehydration, however, seek immediate medical attention. They will be able to administer intravenous fluids to avoid further loss of fluids and to replace the present loss.


For a dog with continuous and severe bouts of vomiting and diarrhea, you can prevent dehydration by giving the dog electrolytic solutions until the illness passes. IV fluids, however, may be the only solution in severe cases.


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