DOES YOUR PET DRINK THE SAME KIND OF WATER THAT YOU DO?

The purity of the water we and our pets drink is essential to stay healthy
Is the water that you and your pets drink safe?

No doubt you take precautions to drink water that is safe, but where does your pet’s water come from? Among the options are tap water, purified water and more…

More likely than not, water straight from the tap is not the best option but that depends on where you live and where your water supply comes from.  It may also depend on whether your water has been tested, and by whom, and if you can depend on the accuracy of the results you are given.

Many people have a filter installed on their kitchen sink. Others use a refillable jug that has a replaceable filter to remove any impurities that way, including fluoride which, in excessive amounts, is known to be one of the causes of bone cancer.

Then there are those who prefer to buy one-gallon containers of “drinking” water, purified water or spring water from the local store. And, a number of us choose to avoid the bother of shopping for water altogether and would rather have it delivered to the doorstep.

Another option to consider is distilled water. A growing number of consumers are making the switch because its purity is practically guaranteed.

Finally, all I ask is that whatever is best for you, taste-wise and expense-wise, you provide the very same for your pets. They don’t deserve anything less.    

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

ADEQUATE HYDRATION FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH

Cats prefer the constant trickle of water from a fountain
Photo Credit: TrainSimFan

Simply said, without water there is no life! We and our companion animals need it to stay alive.

Water is a vital commodity that regulates body temperature, transports nutrients via the bloodstream, eliminates waste and toxins, supports the organs (which includes the skin) and assists in every single one of the body’s complex functions.

HYDRATING NATURALLY
Animals in the wild obtain most of the water they need to maintain their basic body functions from the different kind of foods that they eat. For carnivores, this comes from their prey.

Likewise, the dogs and cats that share our lives should be hydrated to a large extent by the food we give them but very often they are not. A diet of dark meat, chicken and fish has an abundance of moisture whereas it is obviously lacking in dry food.

HOW MUCH WATER TO DRINK?
Most dogs should drink between half an ounce and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily.

A cat of average size and weight will need between 5 and 10 ounces of water per day.

Then there are those that require higher intake than this, namely,

  • puppies and kittens
  • toy breed dogs
  • brachycephalic breeds (flat-faced) dogs and cats
  • senior dogs and cats
  • pets with certain medical conditions

KITTIES ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT. BUT WHO KNEW!
When they are thirsty enough, kitties will drink from a water bowl. However, they much prefer the constant trickle of this vital liquid when it comes from a pet water fountain, as you can well see from the photo.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!