24 Hour Emergency and Critical Care

Vets and nurses on the premises 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
If you need us for an urgent enquiry of an emergency just call, we answer the phone 24 hours a day (01235) 524 777. Emergencies in the night are seen at our Abingdon Veterinary Surgery. Please note we have a reduced staffing level at night so we would kindly ask that for routine enquiries and appointments you call during our main opening hours.

Abingdon Veterinary Surgery
The Vineyard,
Abingdon,
Oxon,
OX14 3NR
T. (01235) 524 777
E. abingdonhospital@abivale.com

Water Intoxication

Posted: 3rd July 2018

Heat stroke is not the only danger in this hot weather - water intoxication is dangerous and can be quickly fatal! If your dog is showing any of these clinical signs, please call us immediately 01235 524 777.

Symptoms of water intoxication

Mild Symptoms

  • Loss of co-ordination
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Dilated pupils
  • Glazed eyes
  • Pale gums
  • Excessive salivation

Severe Symptoms

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Collapses
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Coma

How to Prevent Water Intoxication:

  • Continuous supervision of dog’s activities involving water
  • Establish a limited timeframe for playing with and around water
  • Keep the dog well hydrated to reduce his desire to drink unsupervised
  • Use flat toys instead of rounded ones, since they absorb less water
  • Check your dog’s kidneys at least once a year to make sure the body is processing fluids well
  • Don’t leave the dog alone in a place with unlimited access to a large water source
Water Intoxication

24 Hour Emergency and Critical Care

Vets and nurses on the premises 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

If you need us for an urgent enquiry of an emergency just call, we answer the phone 24 hours a day 01235 524 777. Emergencies in the night are seen at our Abingdon Veterinary Surgery. 

Please note we have a reduced staffing level at night so we would kindly ask that for routine enquiries and appointments you call during our main opening hours.

Abingdon Veterinary Surgery,
The Vineyard,
Abingdon,
Oxon,
OX14 3NR

T. 01235 524 777

E. abingdonhospital@abivale.com

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