Water is crucial for your pet’s diet
When it comes to your pet’s diet, nutrients like protein, carbs, fats and vitamins seem rather obvious, not to mention water.
In fact, water is so important that without it, all the other nutrients found in your pet’s food would be deemed useless.
Water is needed to absorb nutrients and is essential for optimal body performance and regular temperature maintenance.
The effects of a water deficiency are noted far sooner than any other nutrient deficiency.
Dehydration can occur due to a reduced water intake or an increased fluid loss.
Pets are more susceptible to dehydration in South Africa, because of the high temperatures
If you think your pet might be dehydrated, you should get to the vet as soon as possible.
Signs to look for include:
– Panting, elevated heart rate, sunken eyes, lethargy
– Dry nose and mouth
– Skin that doesn’t quickly return to its original position when pinched together
If your pet is vomiting or suffering from diarrhoea, it should be monitored closely in order to ensure it is consuming enough water.
It is essential to make sure your pets are given access to plenty of clean and fresh drinking water.
Encourage hydration throughout the day by placing multiple water bowls around the house.