Like any dog parent, you only want the best for your furry friend. With safe water being at the forefront of conversation, you might be wondering if it’s safe for your dog to drink tap water, or if you should be using filtered water for dogs. With over 316 contaminants found in tap water, we think you certainly should be giving your dog filtered water.
Filtered Water For Dogs: Why Bother?
Are you drinking filtered water? If your answer is yes, then you should be giving your dog the same opportunity!
Generally speaking, if the water isn’t good enough for you to drink, don’t give it to your pup. Dogs require a sufficient amount of water everyday to keep their skin and coat healthy. With that much water in their systems, make sure that the water is clean and safe for them to be drinking.
Chlorine is used during the water treatment process, so all tap water will have traces of chlorine in it, but the amount of chlorine is different in each town. Buying an activated carbon filter will eliminate the smell and taste of the chlorine. Filters like Brita and Pur are great options for getting rid of chlorine. These filters can be attached to a faucet or in a pitcher, so it can be used for the animals and the humans in your household.
How to Filter the Water For Your Dog
There are a couple different options for how to filter the water. An obvious choice is to just use a filtered water source that you may have, such as a reverse osmosis system for your home or a filtered water pitcher in your refrigerator. So many pet owners want their dogs to be taken care of, so you’ve probably even seen dog bowls with filters without realizing it! Everyone wants the best for their dog, and the newest exception is wanting the best filtered water.
Paw-some Choices for Filtered Water Bowls
Luckily, there are tons of bowls that give filtered water for dogs! Here are some of the top choices.
1. Drinkwell Platinum Plastic Dog & Cat Fountain
- Capacity: 168 ounces
- Price: $74.99 (but is often on sale!)
- Filter Replacement: $6.95 for three
- Color(s): Gray
The Drinkwell Platinum Plastic Dog & Cat Fountain is great for a few reasons, first is the capacity size. Dogs require a lot of water, so it’s easier on you if their bowl does not need to be refilled multiple times through the day. This design mimics a water fountain, making it more appealing for dogs who generally don’t intake as much water as they should. Their patented design entices animals, while keeping the splashing noises at a low volume. The Drinkwell Platinum uses a carbon filter to remove the taste and odor of chlorine, as well as sifting through other contaminants. Replace the filter every two to four weeks.
2. Heyrex Torus Filtered Dog & Cat Water Bowl
- Capacity: 64 ounces
- Price: $44.95
- Filter Replacement: $21.53 for five
- Color(s): Gray, blue, red and pink.
The Heyrex Torus Filtered Dog & Cat Water Bowl is made from BPA-free plastic. This bowl holds half a gallon of water. Before the water reaches the bowl, it passes through an active carbon filter. The center well is refilled with every drink that your pup takes to make sure that they drink enough water. Unlike other fountain style filtered bowls, the Heyrex Torus does not need to be plugged into the wall, making it ideal for transportation. The heavy rubber limits spills and tipping, helping keep your floors mess-free. This bowl is a large reservoir ring, perfect for homes with large dogs or multiple pets. This filter needs to be replaced every month.
3. Pioneer Pet Plastic Dog & Cat Fountain Raindrop Design
- Capacity: 60 ounces
- Price: $14.39
- Filter Replacement: $3.17 for three
- Color(s): Black
The Pioneer Pet Plastic Dog & Cat Fountain Raindrop Design will help your dog drink more water by ways of attraction to the moving water. This pet fountain is raindrop shaped, so the circulating water is formed at the top, dripping down to the large, 60 ounce bowl. This choice is easy to take apart and clean, and is even dishwasher safe! This is the most affordable option coming in under $15, so this is a great option for pet owners who aren’t sure if their animal will adapt to a water fountain type of design. Depending on how many animals use the bowl, you should replace the filter every two to four weeks.
Adding Water Filters is Easy With ONIT
Now that you know that filtered water is better for your dog, your next steps are easy! If you’re wanting to add a water filter to your home, contact us today and we’ll provide you with expert knowledge to find out which filter works best for your household. From there, we will provide you with a free quote! Once that is provided, your whole family (animals included) will be drinking safer, tastier water. If you’re interested in knowing more about what is in your water, we can also provide you with a free, in-home water test.