Dog Dies from Playing Common Game in Water with Family

June 27, 2018

I hate to share sad stories like these, but it's something I've never considered everytime I've tossed a ball out for a dog to get in the lake or a pool. It's not common, but just like people can die after injesting too much water, so can dogs. This family is sharing their story to try and raise awareness so nobody else loses their dog this way. :(

Smaller dogs that are high energy and love to play in the water are at higher risk, because they can absorb a lot of fluid in relation to their body size. Symptoms of water intoxication can include:

    Excessive licking
    Loss of appetite
    Bloated stomach
    Widened pupils and a glazed look

If you suspect your dog has Water Intoxication, contact your vet immediately.