Many of us are lucky to have the companionship of man’s best friend. We are always concerned about what is best for our favorite furry canines.Whether it’s ensuring that they get quality nutritious food or the best grooming in town, we try to provide our dogs with the very best. However when it comes to drinking water, what are you giving your dogs? Umm….. tap water? I thought so. For something so essential tap water is taken for granted. We often don’t give a second thought to where our dogs are getting their hydration from. But it’s important to ensure that the dog your water’s having is safe and healthy.
Benefits/Importance of HydrationDogs like us have a body containing 75% water. So if we’re so cautious about our drinking water sources, why should our furry companions not have the same privilege? Water is just as vital to them as it’s to us and it’s essential for all kinds of bodily function, including:
- Regulation of body temperature (especially with all the running that dogs do!)
- Keeping the skin elastic so you can cuddle your dog even more.
- Lubrication of the joints so they play fetch with more speed!
- Keeping the eyes, nose, mouth,and lungs moist so your pup can showeryou with those face licks!
- Cushioning the nervous system and organs
- Flushing out waste products from the body
- Helping in the digestion of protein, fat,and carbohydrates through hydrolysis
- Dissolving and transporting nutrients to the cells
Problems with Tap WaterStudies conducted to test the safety of water from various water treatments have raised doubts as to how safe our drinking water really is. Many contaminants have been found to be in our drinking water sources. These include metals like lead and arsenic which compromise dog’s immune system and microplastics with unknown health effects.
Contaminants and Hazards
Is Bottled Water the Solution?Would switching to bottled water solve this problem? Well, that depends on perspective, some bottled water sources come from a natural aquifer, spring or underground sources with zero harmful contaminants. While others just use the same water treatment used for tap water. Many companies just draw water from any source and then treat them to reduce dissolved solids to a certain level. In a study, the EWG (a nonprofit research organization) discovered 38 different pollutants including bacteria, pharmaceuticals, fertilizer residues, industrial chemicals and so on in 10 popular brands of U.S. bottled water. Therefore it’s crucial to check labels and check the ingredients of the bottled water you are buying. Another drawback of drinking bottled water is that it can be very expensive. There is also an environmental issue associated with the contamination caused by plastic bottles which are non-biodegradable.
Some SolutionsWater is a very sensitive constituent. If it’s not healthy for drinking, both humans and dogs alike can suffer from a plethora of dangerous water-borne diseases. To avoid that, take precautionary steps like the ones mentioned below:
- Invest in a Water Filter
- Pet Water Fountain
- Ensure a Clean Water Bowl