One third of pets go thirsty

RESULTS from a survey have shown nearly a third of Australian pet owners do not know how much they should be giving their pets to drink.

The survey conducted by PetSafe found this meant more than two million cats and dogs could be at risk of dehydration.

PetSafe spokesperson Angela Critchley said the results raised serious concerns about pets’ wellbeing.

“Dehydration can potentially result in serious health issues for pets including urinary tract infections, kidney disease and, in very extreme cases, death, especially in the harsh Australian climate,” Ms Critchley said.

“While most pet owners know how much to feed their pets, little is said about how much a pet should drink and it can be very easy for an owner to lose track and forget to refill a water bowl.”

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