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One of the functions of the large intestine is reabsorption of water. Increased thirst and urination often occur in chronic kidney failure because the kidneys need more water to get rid of the waste build up in the blood. Dry stools occur because there's less water to be reabsorbed, hence the stools contain less water.

I'm sure Betsy will be able to add more valuable info. I know people that have brought their pets to the vets for years to get sub cutaneous fluids everyday because they had chronic renal failure. It's really something that's pretty easy to do at home.
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