Consuming enough water is important for pets, especially during times of intense activity or hot weather. A general rule to follow is that dogs should drink about an ounce of water for each pound of body weight per day. However, this may vary depending on their health and activity level.
Although it’s important to provide your pet with the proper amount of water, it’s also important to consider the quality of the water. For instance, is it okay to let your dog drink tap water from the sink or the hose? While in many cases it will be ok, there are some ways to ensure it is safe for your pets. Below are a few tips for keeping your water safe for pets to drink.
Ask Your Water Treatment Plant for Consumer Confidence Report
Most consumers have a municipal supply of water. Before it enters the tap, it undergoes treatment at a treatment plant. This process is required by law to provide a consumer confidence report. If you didn’t receive one, you should contact your water company. There may be things found in your water that the treatment plant wasn’t aware of, or they might be in the process of fixing the issue. Although federal regulations are in place for water treatment plants, state regulations can be more strict.
Have Your Home Water Tested
Hard contaminants cannot be smelled or seen, which is why it’s important for consumers to regularly test their water. This can help bring awareness to the potential presence of harmful substances in your water supply and ensures no one, humans or pets, consumes it. If you notice a change in the taste, color, or smell of your water, you must have it tested by a professional.
Buy Certified Products to Treat Your Water Supply
If the test results show that your water supply is contaminated, you can buy products that have undergone a certification process to treat it. Some of these include water pitchers, water faucet mounts, and reverse osmosis filters. Before installing a water treatment system, hire a professional who can ensure that it’s installed correctly. They can also suggest the best products for your home to keep your water safe.
Can My Pets Drink Bottled Water?
When it comes to providing your pet with bottled water, it’s important to ensure that the product has undergone a certification process. Most bottled products use the same membrane technology as other products, such as water pitchers. This method provides the best possible quality for pet parents.
If you wouldn’t drink the water coming from the faucet, you shouldn’t give it to your pets. Similarly, if the city government says no to drinking water, then you shouldn’t let your pet drink it either.
It’s important to keep your pets hydrated with good quality water to maintain their overall health. If your tap water isn’t safe for your pet to drink, you should start looking for other ways to provide them with water. That’s where San Antonio Water Solutions can help. Contact us today to see how a whole-home water purification system can ensure you and your pets have quality drinking water at home.