Two Christmases ago, I looked down to see my dog Clark happily chewing on a glass Christmas ornament. Just after buying a new receiver, we arrived home to find a dog-shaped bite mark taken out of the remote control. And while entertaining friends, a whole Buffalo wing apparently fell directly down Clark’s throat. For all we know, it’s still in there.
I preface this post with the facts above to reiterate one basic truth known to dog owners around the world: you just can’t always control what goes in there. Dogs will swim in just about anything, eat just about anything and drink just about anything. When it comes to Clark, sniffing you out in the image above, we’d have more control if we bought a goat. And this is one of the main reasons I insist on giving my dog filtered water – nothing too fancy, just poured from a Brita water filter pitcher – rather than water from the tap.
For dog owners, spoilers – or those just concerned with the health of their furry friend – here are five reasons my dog drinks filtered water:
1. Filtered Water Helps Control As Much Of What Goes Into My Dog As Possible
See my all too true anecdotes above. We crate Clark during the day, not because we want to (we’d save a bit of money on our alarm system if we didn’t) – but because his unpredictability makes our home impossible to dog proof. I may not be able to control the oddball occasion of finding Clark with a mouth full of Christmas decorations or carpet samples, but I can definitely control his intake of common tap water contaminants.
2. Filtered Water Reduces Contaminants From Copper Pipes
Our house is a classic heirloom home in south Minneapolis, built before the 1920s. The house itself is clean – but its guts show its age. Before making it into our glasses, our drinking water flows and pours through old copper pipes. And our Brita water filter pitcher will reduce up to 91% of copper contaminants.
3. Filtered Water Has Significantly Less Chlorine
Chlorinated drinking water, to me, contains a bit of necessary chemical evil. And by all accounts, dogs can sense this touch of evil. Meares Plumbing out of Florida helps illustrate this with a recent Facebook post sharing why dogs drink water from the toilet: the longer tap water sits, the more chemicals begin to dissipate. Fortunately, I can avoid time spent waiting for chemicals to flutter away and filter out a lot of chemical evil with our Brita water filter pitcher, prior to it making into any living body in our home.
4. Cold Filtered Water Is Actually Pretty Good For Dogs
Toilet water is also cold – and while a dog will really drink just about anything – that smile on their face when their beverage is cooled is enough reason for me to pour from the Brita, rather than from the sink. This is a good opportunity to help further debunk the wide-held Internet belief that cold drinking water and ice can cause life-threatening bloating in dogs. Deriving from a 2007 letter from a grieving but misguided dog owner that experienced a very close call, this story has been called out as inaccurate multiple times in the ensuing years. A 2010 article by Patty Khuly, VMD, MBA even indicates the benefits of providing cold drinking water for dogs – including breaking water drinking binges.
5. Vintage Ceramic Dog Bowls Are Easy To Break
This is a very personalized reason – but Clark drinks from a vintage bone-shaped ceramic bowl. It’s slippery and awkward. The fewer times I pick it up, the fewer opportunities I will have to break it.
If you insist on filtered water for your dog, I would love to hear your reasons why in a comment below.
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