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Maybe I just haven't noticed, but it my pet never seems to take damage. Can he be killed? What happens if he can, and does die?

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No, your pet cannot die. If your pet gets too low on life, they'll panic, run away and return when they recover. They'll regenerate life slowly while fleeing, so if you wait a bit, they'll come back on their own.

You can speed the healing process by giving your pet a health potion. I believe this requires that you shift-click or shift-hotkey (ie, if your health potion is 1, press Shift-1) a health potion.

You can also make your pet tougher by feeding it fish, so they don't take as much damage, and therefore don't run away as easily. Different fish have different attributes and last for different amount of time, so experiment to find the one that works best for you, and then feed it that fish before/during a fight with a large boss or other dangerous area of the game.

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You can also heal it by using a healing spell, of course. –  Oak Dec 18 '11 at 18:42
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I also believe it's possible to teach them healing magic, in which case they'll occasionally stop to heal themselves. I played the mage character who could summon other followers, so I rarely relied on my "pet" for anything except storage. –  agent86 Dec 18 '11 at 18:56
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You can also give it a healing spell. I like to give my pets "Heal All" when I can. Free random heals to me + any minions in the area, and the pet gets healed. –  Raven Dreamer Dec 18 '11 at 18:56
    
Oh snap, didn't realize the pet can carry the same amount of crap my magic guy can. Awesome. –  GnomeSlice Dec 18 '11 at 19:25

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