Know Their Daily Water Needs, Prevent Pet Dehydration

A cat drinks water from a bowl.

It makes sense that if you leave out a bowl of water for your cat or dog, they’ll drink whenever they feel thirsty. In actuality, however, animals can be as picky about their hydration needs as humans. Some pets need their bowls filled with fresh water a few times every day, whereas other pets aren’t as thirst-driven. The amount of water they drink is largely determined by their species, breed, lifestyle and general pet health, and is critical to support important body functions. Owners of both cats and dogs can maintain proper levels of pet hydration, but what exactly does that mean?

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Dog Slobber: Spit Happens

A drooling pug.

While in general we at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital regard doggy kisses as the utmost compliment, there are those that do not appreciate them as much. In the words of the great Lucy, “Ugh! I’ve been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!”

That seems a pretty extreme reaction, but some dog kisses are a little sloppier than others, and excessive drool in general can be a bit of a turn off. So what’s with the dog slobber and why are some pups wetter than others?

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