WATER INTOXICATION

In this warm weather swimming is a great alternative to a walk for your dog, but be aware of the dangers of water intoxication.

If your dog deliberately drinks excessive amounts of water, or swallows large amounts whilst swimming or playing in water, this can upset the delicate balance of salts in the cells.

symptoms including nausea, vomiting, lethargy and abdominal distention. In more severe cases ataxia, weakness, coma, seizures, hypothermia and bradycardia may occur.

Laboratory tests will show hyponatraemia (low sodium) however hypochloremia (low chloride), and hypokalemia (low potassium) are also seen.

Treatment is difficult and the full effects on the brain and nervous system may take days to show.

In some cases the damage will be fatal.

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Many thanks to guest blogger and DogLost helper Vicki Hudson.

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