While keeping water available to indoor and outdoor pets may seem like common sense, the summer heat provides an opportunity to learn more about our furry friends hydration needs.
💧How much water my dog or cat needs?
The general rule for daily water consumption is one ounce of water per pound of body weight daily.
💧Signs of dehydration:
*Loss of appetite
*Reduced energy levels
💧 What is water intoxication?
VERY RARE but basically is when your dog consumes TOO much water in a short period of time. What to watch for? Loss coordination, lethargy, bloating, vomiting
In dogs and cats, body water averages 60% of their body weight🤯. The variation is often attributed to the patient’s age and nutritional status. Very young dogs and cats have as much as 70% to 80% total body water, while older pets may have as little as 50% to 55%" **
When in doubt of your pet's hydration status, always give us a call at 339-234-6007. Our professional team will help you to determine if your pet needs to be seen.
*** Ref. "Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice"
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