Why Is Your Pets' Potassium Level Low?

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Hypokalemia is a medical condition characterized by low blood potassium levels. Being one of the most abundant minerals in the body, potassium aids in muscle contraction, energy production, and other cellular and electrical functions. When hypokalemia is left unnoticed, it can have deadly effects. 

Potassium deficiency is a result of many factors. It can be because of inadequate potassium intake or certain health conditions such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) or kidney failure. 

As potassium levels drop over time, it could lead to illnesses that may endanger your pets. Prevent this by learning more about the reasons why your pet suffers from low potassium levels:

  • Dehydration
    • Is characterized by reduced fluids and electrolytes
    • Can be caused by excessive urination, sweating, overheating, and fever
    • This is a secondary concern if your dog suffers from severe vomiting and diarrhea
  • Kidney Failure or Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Dialysis
  • Insufficient Intake of Potassium
  • Poor Diet
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Starvation

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