How does distilled water affect a dog’s system? We all love our pets dearly and want to do what we believe is best for them. Giving them tap water each day that we know is filled with chlorine and other minerals gets us wondering if this is the right option or should we go for distilled water.
Distilled water is basically boiled tap water. It’s boiled to remove the chlorine and other minerals leaving it clean and clean, but is it natural? Does it have the minerals that our dogs need to have healthy muscles? It’s very difficult to determine what is right or wrong for our pets. Obviously doing our best to optimize their health is paramount, but sometimes our decisions can do more harm than good.
Dogs need constant access to water. They need water available if they are eating dry food, if it’s a hot day or if they’ve been playing hard. Dehydration is dangerous to pets, so always have fresh water available at all times.
Can I Give My Dog Distilled Water? Answer: Yes, in Moderation
Distilled water has had all the minerals removed, making it completely free of any chlorine or other minerals. It’s often suggested to use this to relieve small dogs such as Maltese from having runny tear ducts.
But it’s not all good and choosing bottled spring water instead of distilled water is a much healthier choice for your pet if you don’t want to give them tap water. All the mineral content of the water is destroyed during the distilling process and it would be safe to give your dog one to two times a week at the most, the rest of the week offer tap or bottled spring water.
Damage From Distilled Water
There have been reports of potassium deficiency and heart problems related to dogs that are only offered distilled water, this is because the minerals have been completely removed.
The minerals in water offer dogs strong muscles and if you only have the choice of giving your dog distilled water, find out from the vet what supplements you can give to ensure your fluffy friends is getting his daily intake of minerals that he needs to stay healthy and strong.
While no harm has been reported in dogs that were given distilled water a couple of times a week, giving it on a daily basis is not a good option.
Have you ever drunk boiled water? You know it’s dry and probably makes you thirsty, therefore not quenching your thirst. This has the same effect on dogs. Some people noted that their dogs drank more when offered distilled water, even messing in the house due to the large quantities of water they were consuming because the dog couldn’t quench its thirst.
Remember that dehydration is bad in dogs and if your dog is constantly thirsty, you are doing more damage than good. You’ll have a dog that constantly needs to urinate due to the large volumes of water it will be drinking.
Ideally tap water is fine. Yes it contains chlorine and all the minerals you believe are bad, but it will quench your dog’s thirst without fail.
If you live in an area where you cannot drink the tap water, choose bottled spring water for your dog. Spring water still has minerals and traces of chlorine but nowhere near the quantity of tap water. Your dog can drink as much spring water as it needs without any adverse effects.
Bottled spring water may cost you in the long run, but you can rest assured that your dog will not suffer with heart problems or potassium deficiencies when drinking this type of water.
How to Choose
On average, a dog will drink about two bowls of water on any given day. This is due to heat or their exercise routine. Fresh water should always be readily available for them so they can drink when they need it.
Deciding on whether to fill that bowl with tap or spring water is your choice. Most areas the tap water is fine for drinking and you can leave that out for your dog without concern. But if you’re worried about the quality of the tap water in your area, pop down to the store and buy some bottled spring water.
You can even alternate between spring and tap water to ensure your dog is getting all the minerals it needs every time it drinks from the bowl.