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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Water a super booster for dogs.

Water,the essential but forgotten nutrient is a super booster for health and wellness of dogs. Water should be clean,fresh and readily available to dogs.dogs should drink approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. Factors that can affect the quantity of water a dog will drink, are as follows ;1) environmental temperature 2) Level of exercise 3) nature of food as dogs on dry food require more water Water flushes the system and moves important nutrients into and out of the cells of the body. It promotes digestion of food and helps the body to absorb the nutrients. Water also serves to cool the body down and works to maintain a normal body temperature. It prevents constipation. Water lubricates and cushions joints and makes movement easier. The spinal cord and other internal tissues are also cushioned by moisture and wastes are removed from the body through urination and bowel movements. All body functions requires water and without adequate supply, dogs will become ill quickly and become dehydrated. Organs will eventually become damaged with sustained water deficiency. If the deficiency lasts long enough, kidneys and liver will begin to shut down and death will follow. Water deficiency will lead to organ failure,arthritis , shrinking of cartilage , rough dry skin and dehydration often becoming fatal if not addressed. Wet dog food contains some amount of moisture but this is not sufficient to meet required levels,so supply cool and fresh water to dogs daily.