The Wisdom of Water
In addition to July being “Lost Pet Prevention Month”; it is also, “National Pet Hydration Awareness Month”. Most of us already know that water is the most important nutrient our bodies need. This nutrient is necessary for all living things to survive. Did you know that an animal can lose almost all of their body fat and more than half of their protein, but a loss of just 10% of their body’s water will result in the death of the animal.
The Wisdom of Water
In addition to July being “Lost Pet Prevention Month”; it is also, “National Pet Hydration Awareness Month”.
Most of us already know that water is the most important nutrient our bodies need. This nutrient is necessary for all living things to survive. Did you know that an animal can lose almost all of their body fat and more than half of their protein, but a loss of just 10% of their body’s water will result in the death of the animal.
All animal life forms consist of almost 65% – 75% water, and many tissues in the body are composed of between 70% – 90% water. The presence of water within the cells and in many tissues is essential for the occurrence of most metabolic processes and chemical reactions. (This is explained further in chapter 4 of my book, “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret.” )
Water is essential for regulating many different body functions such as body temperature, hydrolysis, the splitting of large molecules into smaller molecules, which aid in digestion and the elimination of waste from the kidneys.
As you can see, maintaining a proper balance of water in the body is vitally important for all animals, human and canine alike!
Many new raw diet feeders or BARFers who are aware of the importance that water has in their pet’s daily diet will express their concerns to me when they notice their dog will begin to consume a whole lot less water.
You see, these new BARFers are used to their dog consuming a lot of water when eating a cooked, dry dog food diet and after they switch their beloved pet to a water-rich, raw meat diet (BARF), the dog’s requirements for additional water is significantly reduced.
That is because dry dog food diets only have a moisture content of about 10% while a BARF diet will contain an average of 70% moisture content. So a BARF fed dog will get the majority of his daily water intake from the diet instead of an external water supply, like his water bowl.
The wonderful thing about your pet getting his water from the food rather than the bowl is that his body can utilize the moisture coming from the food much more effectively. Our pets are naturally designed to obtain their primary source of water from their meals. This is an important difference and becomes just another reason why feeding a raw food diet makes total sense.
Of course, our pets still need an external water source to ensure that the proper moisture requirements of the body are met. It is equally important to use distilled water (instead of tap water) to provide the external moisture requirement for your companion animals. A chlorinated water supply creates a toxic environment for the dog that is best to be avoided if possible. It is little wonder why so many dogs are suffering from allergies and skin reactions today.
The food our pets eat and the water they drink can be precursors to bad health! So let the food be your dog’s water source and supplement with distilled water in his bowl and watch your dog’s health begin to improve dramatically.
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Robert Mueller, Sr.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!
“BARF®” is our acronym which means “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.” All of our diets are Complete and carefully Balanced; a proprietary blend of muscle meat, organs, bone-connector tissue, finely ground bone, fruits, veggies, vitamins and minerals. It’s the diet nature intended for our pets to not just survive but thrive.