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Q. How long should my dogs gums remain tacky and how much water should he be drinking. He is 15lbs got sc fluids yesterday at his vet visit

Answered By
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM

A. They should not be tacky at any time. A 15lbs dog should drink about 400cc of water/day or a little less. If your dog's gums are tacky, then he is dehydrated and needs to replenish until normal hydration plus the daily amount. You can feed canned food and add water to it to increase fluid uptake. If your dog does not drink enough he may need to go back to the vet for more sc fluids.


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