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How to Keep Your Pet Healthy & Hydrated

By Patrick Mahaney

How can an owner tell when his canine or feline companion has incurred body water loss that can manifest as health problems? What measures can owners take in preventing their pets from becoming dehydrated?

As a veterinarian practicing in warm and sunny Southern California, I know the important role hydration plays in promoting my patients's best health. Water makes up 70-80% of a dog or cat's body mass, so it's an crucial nutrient to maintain normal cellular function. A loss of only 10% of the total body fluids can cause serious illness.

Symptoms of Dehydration

Dehydration is a diagnosis that is often seen in conjunction with other ailments, including kidney and liver disease, infections, immune system disorders, cancer, and more. There are many clinical signs of dehydration in pets, including: Lethargy Less water available to help cells normally function leads to a...

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