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Water and Pets

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We all know that public water systems can contain certain levels of bacteria.  That’s why we are drinking the safe water. Many people still continues to feed pet with tap water.  Animals, like humans, need water to survive. And, like humans, animals are about 80% water. So, most animal experts will agree that pets should be given the same quality water as humans.

As stated earlier, municipal and well water can contain many harmful things, even parasites. And, they don’t discriminate between pets and people!

One of these parasites is Giardia, a single-celled organism that ends up living in the mucous lining of the intestines. There are also things in water that can cause cancer- just like in humans. Giving pet filtered water will remove a potentially sickness-causing organism or metal from being ingested.

 

 

Cats and dogs

The two most common pets need fresh water and plenty of it. On a side note, cats are very finicky about their water; they like it fresh. The longer the water sits out, the more oxygen it loses.

Fish


Which live in water, can be greatly affected by water with high levels of chlorine or ammonia; chemical used in some treatment plants.  Pure water needed in tank water for fish to have a proper living environment. Also, poor quality water can be more prone to algae.

For amphibians- Frogs, salamanders and others in this category


They do not drink water, bit absorb it.  Need water to absorb through their skin and the higher that quality, the longer they will live. If one finds a tadpole and wants to keep it as a pet, it is best to not use tap water; they are very sensitive to water quality.

One more note of interest.  It doesn’t really matter what type of water is used in a pet’s bowl if the bowl is not cleaned frequently.  Bacteria can grow from mold in the air in your pet’s bowl. So, clean the bowl often and keep it filled with fresh, filtered water. Additionally, drinking more water can also reduce urinary tract disorders in cats and dogs.

With water being a crucial part of a pet’s health, it is no wonder that many pet supply manufacturers offer water fountains, water filters, special bowls, special dispensers and more.  When it comes down to it though, a normal stainless steel or glass bowl filled with water from a home-filtration system works well.