Pets Need Clean Drinking Water Too – Here’s Why

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The Importance of Clean Drinking Water for Pets

Just like humans, pets require clean drinking water to stay healthy. In the wild, animals use their keen sense of smell to identify safe water sources, but pets rely on us to provide them with safe water. Unfortunately, not all tap water is safe, and providing contaminated water can have serious health consequences for your pets. This blog will highlight why clean water is vital for pets and how you can ensure their water is safe.

Is Your Tap Water Safe for Your Pets?

Regardless of whether your water comes from a municipality, well, river, or another source, there is always the potential for contamination. It can be challenging to determine if your tap water is safe for pets just by its smell, taste, or appearance. Here are some potential contaminants to be aware of:

  • Industrial Chemicals and Pesticides: These can seep into agricultural runoff or industrial waste water supplies.
  • Metals and Pharmaceuticals: Lead, mercury, and other metals, along with pharmaceutical residues, can be harmful.
  • Bacteria, Viruses, Protozoa, and Parasites: These pathogens can cause serious illnesses in pets.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Chemicals from solvents and fuels that contaminate water.
  • Radioactive Contaminants: Elements like plutonium and uranium can pose significant health risks.
  • Water Hardness: Hard water can affect some pets’ health.

Given these risks, if you wouldn’t drink your tap water, you shouldn’t give it to your pets either.

Common Water Pollution Problems and How They Affect Pets

Disinfection By-products

Municipal water treatment plants often use chlorine to disinfect water. While effective at killing harmful bacteria and viruses, chlorine can form dangerous disinfection by-products (DBPs) when combined with natural substances in the water. These by-products have been linked to pet health issues, including digestive tract irritation in dogs and respiratory problems in fish.

Hard Water

Hard water contains high levels of minerals, which can lead to pet urinary problems. Studies have shown that male cats are particularly susceptible to urinary issues in areas with hard water, while dogs can suffer from urinary tract infections, incontinence, and cystitis. Treating these conditions can be costly, making it essential to address the water quality.

Excess Lead

Pets are more vulnerable to lead exposure than humans. Lead can cause severe health problems, including seizures in cats and multiple system damage in dogs. In Flint, Michigan, dogs were found to have blood lead levels four times higher than those in other areas, highlighting the need for vigilance.

Too Much Iron

Excess iron in drinking water can damage pets’ organs, including the liver and cardiovascular system. Pets living in areas with hard water may ingest more iron, which can accumulate in their bodies over time and lead to poisoning.

Algae Blooms and Cyanobacteria

Algae blooms, fueled by excess nutrients and pollutants, can produce cyanobacteria, which are toxic to pets and humans. These neurotoxins can cause severe illness and even death in pets. While municipal treatment usually removes these toxins, trace amounts can remain, posing a risk.


High levels of fluoride can be dangerous for pets, leading to kidney stress, severe illness, and even death. Fluoride is also a potential carcinogen, making monitoring its levels in drinking water critical.


Though rare, high levels of arsenic in tap water can cause severe health issues in pets, including lethargy and unconsciousness.

E. coli and Giardia

Certain strains of E. coli and the parasite Giardia can cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms in pets, including diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.

Why Do Pets Need Clean Water?

Water is essential for all mammals, comprising 55 to 75% of their body mass. It helps regulate body temperature, transport nutrients, and remove toxins. Contaminated water can introduce harmful substances into your pet’s body, leading to infections and a weakened immune system. Clean drinking water, on the other hand, helps cleanse and detoxify the body, promoting overall health.

How to Keep Drinking Water Safe for Pets

Ensuring your pet has access to clean drinking water involves more than just filtering their water. Here are some steps to take:

Make Sure the Water Bowl is Clean

Sometimes, the problem is not the water itself but the bowl your pet drinks from. Bacteria can grow in unclean bowls, so wash them regularly and change the water twice daily. Stainless steel bowls are preferable to plastic ones, which can leach toxins.

Invest in a Certified Water Filter

A certified water filter can help remove many contaminants from your tap water, making it safer for you and your pets. Look for certified filters to remove a wide range of pollutants, including chlorine, lead, and VOCs.

Introducing the My Pet® Domestic Animals Water Quality Test Kit – BASIC

To ensure the well-being of your pets and livestock, consider using the My Pet® Domestic Animals Water Quality Test Kit – BASIC from Safe Home®. This at-home testing solution, priced at just $12.99, allows you to easily monitor your pet’s water quality. It’s an excellent way to detect unsafe contamination levels and take proactive steps to safeguard their health.

Features and Benefits:

  • Comprehensive Testing: Perform approximately 120 tests across 12 different parameters, including Total Chlorine, Nitrite, Free Chlorine, Fluoride, Hardness, Carbonate, Alkalinity, Iron, pH, Copper, Nitrate, and Calcium.
  • Reliable Results: The test pads on the strips contain reagents that provide accurate results from various water sources, such as ponds, streams, lakes, and rivers.
    • Ease of Use: The kit is perfect for routine maintenance, allowing you to screen for unsafe contamination levels and take prompt action if necessary.

Exceptional Customer Support and Trusted Brand

Safe Home® is proud to be the exclusive brand of home environment test kits to earn the “seal” from the Good Housekeeping Institute. This endorsement means you can purchase and use our products with confidence. Our team of EPA-certified scientists has over 150 years of combined experience in identifying and evaluating environmental threats to health. Our lab is routinely audited by third-party agencies, ensuring accurate results.

We are committed to helping our customers with their testing every step of the way. Our customer support team is always available if you have any questions or need help choosing the right test kit.

Supporting Healthier Lives

At Safe Home®, we believe in the importance of a healthy environment, including clean air and safe water. We support clean water initiatives worldwide by donating a portion of each drinking water test kit sale to various non-profit organizations.

Ensure the safety and health of your pets by testing their water quality. With Safe Home’s My Pet Domestic Animals Water Quality Test Kit – BASIC, you can confidently say, “Don’t guess, TEST!” Protect your pets from potential contaminants and give them the clean, safe water they deserve.

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Understanding the importance of clean water for pets and using reliable water test kits can ensure your pets stay healthy and happy. Take proactive steps today to safeguard your furry friends’ well-being with Safe Home® water test kits.

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