Water is one of life’s most important necessities. Your pet needs to have an accessible supply of clean, fresh water at all times in order to maintain optimum health. A lack of water can create major health problems in pets. A water deficiency of just 10 percent can cause serious illness, and 15 percent can lead to heart and kidney damage, possibly resulting in death. In addition, water is important for most body functions, including circulation and digestion. Water cleans out the body, filtering out waste and helps to regulate body temperature.

Fortunately, it is easy to provide clean, fresh water. There is no measuring needed, because a healthy animal will instinctively drink enough water to maintain proper body hydration. When the weather is hot and/or your pet is very active, be aware of the signs of dehydration, such as listlessness, panting, a dry mouth or sunken eyes; if you notice any of these symptoms, call your veterinarian right away.

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