As pet parents, we are well aware that water is an essential part of any dog’s diet. Without the proper amount of water, a dog can become dehydrated and also risk facing irreversible organ damage. Water consumption directly affects a dog’s overall energy, efficiency, and well-being. Approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day is appropriate for your dog. Veterinarians generally recommend that an animal needs one milliliter of water for every food calorie consumed.
Whenever you notice that your dog’s water bowl is empty your first reaction is to quickly refill it with “fresh”, “clean” tap water. After all, how many times do we grab our own refreshing cold glass of water from the tap? But, in reality how fresh and clean is this water we consume? What you may not realize is that each time you may be replenishing a supply of toxins straight into your pet’s water bowl.
It is hard to believe that something as clean, seemingly pure, and refreshing as consuming tap water can potentially lead to causing deadly diseases (for man and dog alike). Some experts now point to tap water as a leading contributor to cancer and other serious health issues.
So why is tap water considered so harmful? There are a few potentially dangerous contributing factors. One element found in many water supplies is chlorine. Some research indicates that the incidence of cancer is 44 percent higher among those who drink chlorinated water. Chlorine by-products also known as trihalomethanes are what concern scientists the most. Even though tooth decay has decreased over the decades; the cancer percentages have increased as a direct result from the fluoride added to the water supply. The danger of adding fluoride to water is the fact that many scientists support the conclusion that fluoride is a possible carcinogen.
More than 2,100 toxic chemicals have been detected in the US water supply remarks Dr. Richard Pitcairn in his book, Natural Health for Cats & Dogs. “Some of the most common contaminants are lead, cadmium, arsenic, insecticides, nitrates, fungicides, herbicides, benzene, toluene and dioxin. MTBE is another chemical traced to water supplies. Many of these pollutants are known to cause cancer or damage the kidneys, liver, brain, and cardiovascular system.”
These troubling findings are leading pet parents to now use filtered or distilled water for their pets/themselves and to find the healthiest water alternatives available. Using a good quality water purifier is often more cost effective than buying bottled water and is highly recommended to help remedy the situation.
Equally important is to make sure you keep your dog’s water bowl thoroughly washed and cleaned and easily accessible. It is important to provide fresh water daily. Selecting a bowl with a stainless steel surface is also a great choice for serving your dog’s water.