Electrolytes are vital to your pets’ health. Abnormal levels can be life threatening. We need to monitor during vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and cardiac symptoms.Sodium (Na) – role is water distribution, body fluid osmotic pressure and pH balance.Increase = dehydration, heat strokeDecrease = congestive heart failure, gastrointestinal losses, chronic renal failure
Potassium (K) – role is muscle function, respiration, and cardiac functionIncrease = diabetes, tissue trauma, acute renal failureDecrease = congestive heart failure, constipation, diabetes, peritonitis, renal failure
Chloride (Cl) – role is acid-base balance and osmotic pressure in bloodIncrease = metabolic acidosisDecrease = severe vomiting, constipation
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