When it comes to our furry friends, we want what’s best. Many pet concerns come from food. But what about water? It’s not something we hear a lot about but there are many different chemicals and minerals in each city. We are not advocating for giving your dog or cat Himalayan mountain spring water, but we are saying that there are some things about tap water that you need to be aware of before giving it to your pet.
Tap Water Concerns
Pretty much all cities and municipalities have a water quality report that you can request or view online. There are some common chemicals/elements you will see in your water.
Arsenic – Believe it or not, arsenic can be in your water in very small amounts. It usually comes from industrial runoff or orchards.
Barium – Also comes from industrial areas.
Fluoride – Additive that promotes stronger teeth. It also comes from fertilizer.
Nitrate – Comes from fertilizer and septic tanks.
If you haven’t seen this list of typical water contaminants before, it’s easy to freak out! However controversial these additives and elements may be, there are safely regulated levels that are meant to help us feel better about not poisoning ourselves. Still, if we can filter these out affordably, why not do it? Also, if our pets consume these over long periods of time can it affect them?
Giving Your Dog Filtered Water
Dogs are known for having pretty much indestructible stomachs. But what about their bladders? Well, I’m not a vet, but if you can afford to at least run your pet’s water through a Brita filter or something similar then it could give you greater peace of mind. If you have the choice and the cash to eliminate chemicals from copper pipes, arsenic, fluoride, and nitrate for your pet? Go for it! Otherwise, it’s probably not a huge deal if you don’t give your dog filtered water.
Giving Your Cat Filtered Water
We have two cats and one of them was in the hospital for two weeks a couple years ago for a bladder infection. It’s not unusual for cats to get bladder infections and crystals within their bladder. Because of this, our cat is now on a lifelong C/D cat food diet that promotes healthy urinary care. Cats’ bodies are generally much smaller than dogs and their kidneys have to be checked through bloodwork regularly as they get older. After paying a huge vet bill and seeing our furry friend in the hospital for weeks, we make it a point to only give our cats filtered water.
Generally, giving your pet filtered water is looked at by many people as being for someone like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian. Giving your pet Fiji water? Probably overkill. Giving your pet water filtered through a fridge or simple water filter? Totally doable and affordable! Thanks for reading!