Diagnosing hypernatremia

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Hypernatremia occurs either from increased total body sodium (TBNa), reduced total body water (TBW) levels, or underlying diseases that signal the body to retain more water than it should be. When this happens, a dog may experience signs of exhaustion and thirst because the fluid movement around its cells are impaired.  

Diagnosing hypernatremia through symptoms alone won’t be accurate. Aside from your dog's symptom's, the veterinarian will request a complete medical history of your dog to determine previous and recent illnesses and injuries. He or she will then perform a physical examination and run a series of tests which include the following:

  • Electrolyte panel
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Urinalysis
  • Glucose test  
  • Urine specific gravity
  • Blood chemistry panel

In a world where everything is processed and pre-made, monitoring your pet’s sodium intake can be challenging. So it is important to check the product label first when purchasing ready-to-eat meals and prepackaged pet food products in the supermarket.

But do not overdo it. Getting too little sodium can wreak havoc on their body. Give them sodium-rich foods and sodium supplements, if needed. Bentonite clay is rich in sodium, calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals that, when ingested, can act as a supplement that replaces the missing nutrients needed by the body. Also, it is also known as an effective detoxification tool that remove toxins from the body.

 

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