Q. How can I tell if my 7 week old puppy is getting enough water

A. You can check to see if your dog is properly hydrated by pinching up some skin over the shoulders and pulling it up, then letting go. It should snap back into place right away, not stay 'tented'. In severe dehydration, the eyes will be sunken and often have mucous collect in the corner of the eyes. Make sure to provide plenty of clean fresh water at all times and if you suspect your puppy is dehydrated, get her in to see a vet right away. Dehydration will cause kidney damage by not providing enough fluid to remove wastes and produce urine. Dehydration will also cause electrolyte imbalances, which in turn can affect heart function.

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