The world might be comprised of seventy percent of water but this percentage is not all clean water. Even in the United States, contaminants are prevalent on their tap water that results to approximately 1,200 deaths each year from consuming contaminated water. Aside from the death toll, the number of sick people from water-related illnesses ranges from 400,000 to 7 million.
These numbers do not even include records of deaths from among animals especially dogs who have suffered and died through water-related health issues.
Water is one of the most essential nutrients that dogs need next to oxygen. A dog’s total weight is even consisting of 60 percent of water. His brain, blood, muscles and the rest of his entire body functions well with the aid of water. And dogs do not need water alone but clean and safe water. Although dog’s body weight is twice lesser compared to humans, this can mean that they have higher metabolic rate which means that their bodies can process everything they consume including toxins quickly.
This makes them vulnerable to contaminants. While human body takes about some time to react to toxins, dogs health are easily affected. The number of deaths and illnesses among dogs who have contacted with contaminated water is certainly of much higher value compared to that of humans.
One way of good prevention to ensure that your dog is protected from contaminated water is to make sure that they have clean water bowl. Avoid ceramic bowls that may contain high levels of lead and opt to use bowls that are made from glass, stainless steel, or ceramic bowls that are American-made. Water bowls made of aluminum and plastic are not recommended because they may percolate causing contaminants to contact with the water. Chemicals that are known to be contaminants like cleaning sprays, pesticides should not be placed near the water bowls.
Also, disease-carrying animals and insects like rodents and cockroaches should not be allowed to come near your dog or the dog’s water bowl. These animals are known to carry lethal bacteria that can cause serious health issues. Moreover, see to it that all of your dog’s stuffs including the water bowl are always clean and protected.