IV and subcutaneous fluids can benefit pets

11/7/2012 | WebMD

Fluids are administered to animals for several conditions, including low blood pressure and dehydration, writes veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus. Although they appear clear, fluids contain compounds such as sodium, potassium and sometimes sugar that are designed to match the patient's blood as closely as possible to prevent damage to internal organs. Fluids can be given intravenously or through the skin, also called subcutaneously, where the fluid slowly absorbs into the pet's blood vessels over time. In certain situations, owners can be taught to administer subcutaneous fluids to their pets at home.

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