Thursday, July 27, 2017
IV Fluids and Dehydration in Dogs
DV Medical Supply, Inc., furnishes health care providers with pharmaceutical products such as medications and intravenous (IV) fluids. Veterinarians, a class of client served by DV Medical Supply, rely on IV fluids to address dehydration in dogs and other animals.
When veterinarians assess a dog’s health, one symptom they may look for is dehydration, which can result from many underlying illnesses or injuries. For example, dogs with kidney disease are at risk of dehydration.
Dogs with differing degrees of dehydration present with diverse symptoms. In mild cases of 5 percent to 6 percent dehydration, animals can exhibit skin elasticity loss. In severe dehydration of 12 percent to 15 percent, dogs can go into shock and may be in danger of death without immediate treatment.
To treat dehydration, veterinarians may prescribe IV fluids that act quickly to introduce nourishing liquids directly into the bloodstream. IV fluids may contain different ingredients depending on patient needs. The IV often includes saline, vitamins, and/or sugar.