Kibble is a popular form of dog food because it is convenient, easy to store and has a long shelf life. However, kibble is dry and lacks the moisture content that is essential for a dog's health. This dryness of the food can cause dehydration in dogs as it absorbs moisture from the dog's body.
Dogs need to maintain a healthy balance of water in their bodies, and when they consume kibble, their body uses its own moisture to help digest the food. This can lead to a decrease in the amount of water in their body, which can cause dehydration over time. Dehydration can cause a range of health problems in dogs.
To compensate for the loss of moisture caused by consuming kibble, dogs may overconsume water, which can put a strain on their organs. This strain can be especially harmful to older dogs or those with pre-existing medical conditions. Overconsumption of water can lead to an increased workload for the kidneys, as they work to remove excess water from the body. Over time, this increased workload can cause kidney damage or even kidney failure.
In addition, overconsumption of water can also lead to other health problems such as bloating, which is a potentially life-threatening condition in dogs. Bloating occurs when the stomach fills with gas, fluid, or food, causing it to expand. This can put pressure on the other organs in the body, which can lead to damage or organ failure.
So, what can you do to prevent dehydration in your dog? One solution is to switch to a REAL RAW food diet, which has a higher moisture content than kibble. Our food is typically made up of 70-80% water, which can help to keep your dog hydrated without the over conpsumption of water. This will help your dog stay hydrated and reduce the risk of dehydration.