A veterinarian may recommend subcutaneous (sub-Q) fluids for pets with health problems that lead to dehydration, or as a means of ensuring adequate hydration in the face of certain illnesses.  Pets with kidney disease, for example, or pets with excessive fluid losses from vomiting or diarrhea, can benefit from fluids being administered in this fashion.

Ensuring adequate hydration is an important part of managing certain chronic diseases (e.g. kidney disease).  These pets may require fluid support daily or every few days.  Since visiting the veterinarian's office this frequently is impractical for many, pet owners are often taught how to administer sub-Q fluids to their pets in the home environment.  This can work well for pets that are easily handled and cooperative.

In this video, the fluid bag set-up is demonstrated by a veterinary technician.

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