July Hydration Month
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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