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When You’re Advised to Deliver Fluids Subcutaneously

When You’re Advised to Deliver Fluids Subcutaneously

Hydrating your cat with a needle and a drip sounds scary, but you can do it.

The day may very well come when your cat cannot take in enough water by mouth or urinates excessively, and your veterinarian tells you to combat the threat of dehydration through your pet’s skin. After all, a number of diseases that befall cats can rob their bodies of fluid. These include diabetes, liver disease, pancreatitis, and chronic kidney failure. Chronic kidney disease alone affects half of all cats between the ages of 10 and 15 and almost 70 percent of cats over age 15, according to research conducted at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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