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by Pat Relton on 14 April 2010 - 02:04


by GSDtravels on 14 April 2010 - 02:04

I drink tap water so I hope it's good enough for my dog.  My dog and I both drank bottled water while on the road last year but at home we drink tap.  If it's good enough for me, it's good enough for him.

by AmbiiGSD on 14 April 2010 - 10:04

I won't give my dogs anything other than tap water.

Bottled water can contain minerals and salts that can be detrimental to dogs rather than good for them.

by Jyotisdad on 14 April 2010 - 12:04

Recent survey of water purity in the US. The scariest of their findings is that, of the 260 contaminants found in U.S. drinking water, more than half do not fall under any regulation at all. Among the unregulated are the auto fuel additive MTBE and jet fuel ingredient perchlorate, both of which can be found at the average Los Angeles kitchen sink.

The highest-ranking tap water in the study belonged to Kansas City, which had no recorded pollutants when tested.
Following in rank for best tap water quality are, in order, Portland; Louisville; San Francisco; Memphis; San Antonio; Oklahoma City; Fort Worth; Jacksonville; and, rounding off the top 10, Arlington, Texas.

If you do a chemical analysis of almost any water supply in any country you will find hundreds of chemicals present, but to be honest, the greatest majority of these are harmless and the water would taste grim without them.

The dog? It will drink from puddles streams, and indeed in places where you would not dare to venture. The chances of a dog accepting something so contaminated as to be dangerous are negligible. You will go before the dog.

Don’t worry; the dog will be fine, worry about yourself though.

NB:- I live in India now, the water is so contaminated here that even protestants can walk on it! The dogs on the other hand are thriving on it.

by Bob McKown on 14 April 2010 - 12:04



I live in India now, the water is so contaminated here that even protestants can walk on it!

Thats so funny I just about wet my self... :)

by GSDSRULE on 14 April 2010 - 16:04

We drink distilled water and so do our dogs.

by Kimmelot on 14 April 2010 - 16:04

Every once in a while some city water will have a organic contaminate. In Modesto CA  in the early 2000s there was a giardia contaminate.

I have heard that all the medications that we use and goes threw us ends up in the tap water, and that is one reason so many people have hormonal issues. I have a little neice that was just born and she has a massive tumor on her brain that has to be opperated on, how the heck can that happen ? Its all a crap shoot I guess.

I am not so sure that city water is safe from minerals, If you have an ary sprinkler head and the water hits your car you will still get hard water stains. Hard water can effect dogs too, can cause kidney or bladder stones in dogs that have a high protien diet. Dogs that seem to be straining when they pee, or pee blood drops need to be checked for stones ( been there ). Apple cider Vinager in the water is one way to flush extra minerals out, and clense the body of contaminates.



by DebiSue on 14 April 2010 - 17:04

We have good water in Kansas so it's tap water for the dog and us. 

by Jyotisdad on 15 April 2010 - 08:04

Distilled water? …..Please check with a professional body as to the pitfalls of drinking only distilled water.

In most countries, and quite correctly so, nutritional minerals and supplements are required to be added before it is sold.

There are many people/organisations both for and against the distilled water initiative. So again, get professional advice.

Because it is free of minerals it has the ability to absorb needed minerals from the body along with several toxic substances that your body produces naturally. The one good thing that can be said for drinking distilled water for a short period is that the lack of minerals gives it the special property of absorbing toxic substances from the body and eliminating them, but should be eliminated in a few weeks.

Drinking distilled water for a long period will remove necessary electrolytes from your body such as sodium, potassium, chloride, and several trace elements that are absolutely necessary for your health. These deficiencies can cause irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure.

Even the idea of cooking foods in distilled water is dangerous because it draws the nutrients out of the food and lowers its nutritional value.

My advice for what it’s worth? - 1.. Natural spring water from a reliable source.. 2... Bottled water. Again source? 3.. Have a a water purifier installed. (That is what I have done) 4...Don't get paranoid about the water.

Again, please check. Best wishes.

by grammashorty on 15 April 2010 - 21:04

Our water was considered #1 in taste & quality nationally some years ago and I haven't bought bottled water since moving here several years ago.  Our water comes from aquifers which I never heard of until moving here, all I know is the water's yeah, our dogs get tap water.  I think it's just a matter of where you live and how the water's treated.  Where we used to live, I wouldn't drink tap water because of the amount of chlorine in it but it didn't hurt the animals.

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