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Water, the Basis of a Dog's Life!

Updated on July 27, 2018

Keeping your dog's water healthy and safe!

Water, it's the most important nutrient for a dog's healthy life. And we need lots of it.

Did you know that an animal can loose all of its fat and half of its protein and survive, but only a 10% loss of body water causes serious illness. (Source:

But all water is not created equal. Read on to learn more!

(Photo courtesy of: JohannTheDog)

Not all water is created equal.

Not all water is created equal.

There's tap water, filtered water, bottled water, water from streams, rivers and ponds, and standing water in puddles on our walks. Oh, and not to forget, toilet water!

Since water is so important to our quality of life, the quality of our water needs to be of great concern.

With reports of fluoride and chlorine in tap water, Giardia in standing puddles, salts, and lawn and farming chemicals in rivers and ponds, how do you know if your water is safe?

Check out these facts and figures!

  • The Associated Press reported a vast array of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.
  • The CDC talks about the dangers of Chlorine in tap waters.
  • And there have been reports of links of Fluoride to cancers in pets.
  • Common causes of giardia in dogs includes drinking from a lake, pond or stream.
  • Unfiltered/untreated water can have contaminants in it such as parasites, bacteria, and even viruses
  • Many lakes, rivers and streams are contaminated with lawn and farming chemicals which have been reported to cause cancer in dogs.
  • Some plastic dog food and water bowls may leach harmful chemicals into your dog's food and water.

So what can you do?

(Photo courtesy: claudiogennari on Flickr)

Our tips for keeping your dog's water the healthiest and safest it can be!

Here are some tips to keep your dog's water the safest it can be:

  • Never reuse plastic water bottles for your dog's water.

  • Purchase safe reusable water/beverage bottles - Safer choices include bottles crafted from safer HDPE (plastic #2), low-density polyethylene (LDPE, AKA plastic #4) or polypropylene (PP, or plastic #5). Best bests are stainless steel.

  • Utilize a water filter for your dog's water that filters out both chlorine and fluoride.
  • Avoid distilled water or water treated with reverse osmosis, as it lacks beneficial minerals and nutrients normally found in water.

  • Provide your dog with a pet water fountain to encourage more drinking of fresh, filtered water; which can discourage them from drinking from potentially harmful sources.

  • Replace any plastics dog bowls with stainless steel.
  • Keep your dog's water bowl full and clean at all times and provide often. (Clean the bowls at least once a day with hot water and vinegar, rinse very well).
  • Don't allow your pup to drink out of potentially harmful ponds, streams, rivers or puddles.
  • Utilize safe lawn care practices, organic and all natural fertilizers, and avoid areas with your dog where dangerous lawn chemicals are used.
  • Don't allow your pet to swim in chlorinated pools, or contaminated rivers, streams or ponds.
  • Don't allow your dog to drink out of public or shared dog water bowls.

  • Get a filtered bath/shower head for your dog's bathing area.
  • Utilize environmentally friendly shampoos, conditioners, cleaning products, laundry detergents, non-chlorine stain removers and other items to keep your water cleaner in your community, around your dog and you.

  • Keep your pup from drinking out of the garden hose, the combination of leaching plastic, chlorine and fluoride can be dangerous.

These are a lot of do's and don'ts, I know! But taking part in as many of these hints and tips as you can will help your pup live a longer, healthier and happier life.

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The nice folks at H2O4K9 sent us for free their new dog water bottle and Neosling to try out and let them know what we thought. Well, we think they rock!!!!

Mum has been taking it with us on our hikes tand she says the sling that holds the bottle to keep her hands free for us is really comfortable and flexible, for when we climb up and down the steep ridge.

The bottle holds 25 oz. and is stainless steel, the safest and healthiest way to store water. The lid turns into this really cool drinking cup and the best part is the lid is BPA free. The bottle even has a carabiner attached, so we can carry our poo bag holder too. The sling and the bottles come in some super cool colors. Mum got the pure stainless color with the purple sling to go with our training bag :)

Have to say that we totally recommend this new's great for active pups that want to get out and about. And special thanks to H2O4K9 for sending us their great bottle and Neosling to test out, we are very glad they did! We love it!!!!

Filtered tap water is the safest and healthiest water for your dog!

Did you know?

Did you know that a dog drinks water utilizing their tongue like a scoop? Watch this great Time Warp from the Discovery Channel!

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