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Is It Possible To Overhydrate Your Ailing Pup?

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Bambi is just getting over a really bad bout of diarrhea and other stomach troubles, and I am wondering if it is possible for us to OVERhydrate her? :huh


We've been so concerned with her becoming DEHYDRATED through the big D, that we've been making sure she takes in her fluids throughout the day. Water with chickenbroth, water in her rice & chicken diet... However, she seems to pee forever each time she stops to mark now... and this evening, we came across a ginormous pee puddle in the office (thank goodness for pergo floors :P ), that was closer to transparent than yellow. She's housetrained and never had an accident in the house (barring the uncontrollable D incident last week :eek ), but I had just let her out briefly maybe 15-20 minutes prior where after wandering for a few minutes, decided to come into the house without doing anything.


Just curious to see if maybe we're overdoing it, and should cut back. Also, hopefully we haven't given her some other kind of problem!! :unsure:(


Any help would be appreciated!

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Ha! What a problem!! Hopefully others will know more, but I really doubt you are "overhydrating" But probably just like us- if you down a lot more water than usual you spend all day in the bathroom.. :)

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It IS possible to overhydrate - a woman died here recently after a stupid radio competition to see how much water people could drink in an hour - but it's unlikely if you're leaving it to her to decide how much she wants.


Excess water consumption results in hyponatraemia:




The consumption of large amounts of water, or the inadequate replacement of sodium in the body can lead to a condition known as hyponatraemia. This indicates that there is an excess amount of water in the body in relation to the amount of sodium. The body fluids become too dilute and fluid moves from the extracellular space into the cells, causing them to swell as a result of the excess water. Most cells can accommodate this swelling, but brain cells cannot (because they are confined by the skull) and hence many effects of overhydration result from brain swelling.


Mild cases of hyponatraemia are mostly asymptomatic, but symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, headache, lethargy, confusion, agitation, muscle spasms, cramps, and reduced tendon reflexes. When overhydration occurs quickly, confusion, seizures or coma may develop. Acute hyponatraemia can be life-threatening and must be diagnosed and treated promptly.


(It's a problem doctors sometimes see in Ecstacy users)


Check with your vet if you're worried, but unless you're forcing fluids into her she's probably fine. :)





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