Why the Type of Water Your Dog Drinks Matters
You probably fill your dog’s bowl with tap water every day without giving it a second thought. In most cases, it’s probably okay to do that, but not all tap water is safe. A good rule to follow is: if you wouldn’t drink the tap water, you shouldn’t give it to your pet. A dog requires more water per day than anything else they eat or drink. The adult dog’s lean body mass contains 70 to 80 percent of water. The truth is – the type of water your dog drinks matter. If you think ordinary tap water is fine or you are thinking of using bottled or distilled water for your dog, read on.
Unfiltered Tap Water
Unfortunately, unfiltered tap water can contain contaminants such as industrial chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, bacteria, parasites and much more. The contaminants can lead to adverse health effects, such as gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems and neurological disorders.
We already know that plain tap water isn’t the best drinking water for humans. For optimum health, it’s not the best option for our pets either.
Bottled water costs 2,000 times more than tap water and it isn’t necessarily a purer alternative. A U.S study found 38 different pollutants in 10 popular brands of bottled water. Plastic water bottles may also contain an industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA). The BPA chemical can seep into water and possesses a variety of health risks.
Environmentally speaking, North Americans use millions of plastic water bottles a day and recycle less than 30 percent. You and your dog can do better for yourselves and the environment.
To create distilled water, regular tap water is boiled until all contaminants are destroyed. The process results in a steam, that is then condensed back into a liquid and bottled. The trouble is, distillation also destroys all of water’s beneficial minerals, which are essential for health.
Studies in animals show that drinking distilled water results in many harmful health effects. Even when feeding a nutritionally adequate diet, lower volumes of red blood cells and adverse changes in the kidneys can still occur. And these are just some of the adverse health effects.
Additionally, distilled water is less thirst quenching. This may lead your dog to drink and urinate excessively.
Water that is run through a filter is a great way to get an abundant, inexpensive supply of fresh, pure water. The Seychelle exclusive Ionic-Adsorption Micro-Filtration system gets rid of many contaminants completely and significantly cuts down on many others.
You shouldn’t just assume that your tap water is safe for your pets to drink. Filtered water is by far the best option for your dog and your entire family. It’s economical, mineral-rich and easy on the environment.