Benefits of Water
Water is vital fur living a healthy life. Water aids in the digestion of food and in absorbing nutrients. It cools the body down, as well as regulating body temperature. It also lubricates and cushions joints, so your pup can play with ease. Pawsome!
Loss of appetite, low energy levels, sunken and dry eyes, or panting are all signs of dehydration.
Gently pinch your dog’s skin to see if it jumps back into place. If it takes longer, your dog might be dehydrated. Another indicator is dry and sticky gums — they should be wet and slimy.
Dehydration could be a sign of a larger health problem. See a veterinarian immediately if this is the case.
The best way to prevent dehydration is to make sure your dog has easy access to a bowl of water. Regularly change the water to keep it fresh and clean. If your dog isn’t enough water, give your pup some fruit or broth. You can freeze the fruit and make pupsicles for a refreshing treat. You can also try a dog water fountain! The running water can be more appealing. And if that doesn’t work? Try simply switching the water bowls and see what your pup likes best.
Tap water can possibly contain contaminants such as chemicals, metals, parasites, and bacteria. For example, lead may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach issues. E. coli can cause appetite loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Chlorine, while generally nontoxic in safe levels, can cause problems in extended durations or high doses.
Hard water, found in most tap water, has a high mineral content, such as calcium and magnesium. There is a possible link to urinary infections from drinking hard water.
Filtered water is overall a safer solution to straight tap water. It takes out the harmful elements, leaving your your best friend to drink peacefully. As a general rule, if you wouldn’t drink the water, don’t let your dog drink it either.
There are many filter options, from ones that you can install onto your faucet to pitchers you can store on the counter or in the fridge. Easily obtained and affordable, they are great ways to keep you and your pup happy and healthy!