Should I Give My Dog Tap Water?

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Of course, water safety issues have only addressed humans…but what about dogs and cats? How does water traced with drug residues affect their health? According to veterinarian Dr. Debra Primovic from Columbus, Ohio, “Water containing drugs in the drinking water of pets concerns me. We have no way to know how this will affect their long-term health. Until this is further studied, we cannot be sure.”

What can you do? No one seems sure. Dr. Primovic says, “Until more information is available and research is done, no one will probably be able to give you a final answer”.

What Do We Recommend For Water for Your Dog?

  • Filter your water. There is controversy regarding if filtering will eliminate all or any of the drugs and other contaminants but until we know for sure, it isn’t going to hurt anything. The purity of bottled water probably varies and its purification is not known. It will be good for both you and your pets.
  • If you live in an older home, allow your tap water to run for a few one to two minutes before using that water to drink.
  • If you live in a home with a well, have your drinking water regularly tested. Call your local health department to determine who in your area will test the water.
  • Read your water report. As required by the EPA, municipalities send a drinking water report yearly that documents the water safety.
  • For those with BPA concerns, filter than drink your water from a glass or BPA-free bottles.

Additional Articles:

Does Dog Water Intoxication Exist? 
Why is My Dog Not Drinking Water?
Should I Give My Dog Tap Water?
Drinking, Drinking, Drinking – Your Dog and Diabetes
Ideal Daily Schedule for Dogs and Puppies
Excessive Drinking (Excessive Thirst) in Dogs
Why is My Dog Drinking Tons of Water?
Dehydration in Dogs
Why Water is Important
Diabetes in Dogs
Kidney Failure (CRF) in Dogs


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