How to Ensure Your Pet’s Drinking Water is Safe

Chris Knippa
Written by Chris Knippa
Updated June 15, 2021
beagle puppy drinking from water bowl outside
Discourage your dog or cat from drinking standing water by making sure pets have access to a clean bowl of fresh water all day. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

Don't assume your tap water is safe for animals to drink. Follow these tips to keep your pets safe.

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There are many places around the United States where it's considered unsafe to drink the tap water as a human, but have you ever considered the quality of water you give to your pets?

Take a look at the following tips to keep your pet’s drinking water safe and protect their overall health.

Pet water fountains provide easy, affordable option

By making a trip to your local pet store, you will find loads of options when it comes to picking out a proper water fountain and filter for your pet’s drinking water.

Pumps are generally very quiet, the elevating drinking dish makes it easier for your pet to drink water, and they take minimal power consumption to operate.

With so many products to choose from, you can easily find one that adds a neat design element to your home.

Monitor the water your animals drink

Pets that want to quickly cool off may take advantage of sitting water by trying to lap it up. If your animal hasn't received the proper shots, you need to be extra careful. Discourage pets from drinking stagnant water.Standing water (like puddles) could carry all sorts of bacteria, chemicals and many other things. While pool water may look safe, keep in mind it is either chock full of chemicals or is saltwater.

And while we are at it, be careful about letting your pet drink from a creek or river. Just because the water is clean where you are, it does not mean something did not wash downstream that could make your pet sick.

Whole-house water filters keep your whole family safe

If you are able to do so, installing a whole-house water filteration system is one of the best low-maintenance ways to ensure that not only your pet, but you and your family, have safe drinking water.

The filter system is not only more affordable than most would think, it's also an eco-friendly and long-lasting solution for homeowners.

By installing a whole-house filtration system, you can avoid high levels of chlorine, soften hard water, and enjoy pristine water free of bad taste and odor.

Do you have a pet water fountain or whole-house filter? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments section below!

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