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Is Unfiltered Water Hurting Your Dog?


As any dog owner will tell you, little Fido is a part of the family, and you always want what’s best for them. But did you know that the water you use to fill their bowls could be the problem? Many homeowners do not have a water filtration system in place and rely on different solutions like pitchers or bottled water. Not only does this limit your access to freshwater but also it can be a pricey way to handle things – and in most cases, it leaves your pup with the short end of the stick. Before you go and fill up their bowl after your next walk, consider some of the contaminants that may be in your home’s water supply.

Is Your Tap Water Even Drinkable?

Does your tap water ever taste a little funky? While plenty of cities have a central water filtration plant that does it’s best to filter out a majority of pollutants – it doesn’t always get them all. Your tap water could still be chock-full of chemicals and contaminants like:

  • Industrial Chemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Metals
  • Bacteria
  • Protozoan
  • Parasites
  • Volatile Organic Compounds

Not only is this bad for your health, but it could be a major concern for your furry best friend. Parasites alone are a common cause of intestinal issues, not to mention the risk for urinary tract infections, which is also extremely common in dogs. If you’ve seen that your pup is lethargic or continuously struggling with health issues, the water supply may be even more important than the food you give them. One great way to determine whether your drinking water is safe or not is with an at-home testing kit. These basic kits will provide you with a general idea of exactly what’s in your water including mineral and chemical counts.

How to Choose a Water Filtration System

If you’ve determined that a water filtration system is needed in your home, you’re going to have plenty of options to choose from. These systems put all your water through a cleaning process that will completely eliminate any and all chemicals and minerals from the water. It starts with a reverse osmosis filter that’s completed by running your water through multiple filters that all remove a certain type of deposit like salt and lead. Once the water runs through those filters, it’s passed through another active carbon filter that eliminates any holdout impurities. What you’re left with is completely filtered water that tastes better, helps you save money, and is entirely safe and refreshing for your dog and other pets.

The John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air Difference

Keeping your water clean is not only a win for you but also it can help keep your dog running and playing for years to come. If you don’t currently have a water filtration system in place, John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air can help. We offer free water quality health and safety checks to determine what impurities may already be present in your water. Once we know that, we can help you choose the best home water filtration system is right for you. We always work within your budget and ensure you’re satisfied with all our work. Let our plumbers help keep your furry best friend happy and healthy.

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