March 19, 2010

Did you know that the water you offer your pet to drink, as well as that which you use for meal preparation, can have a profound effect on his long-term health?

Tap water is OK to use, but it is a good idea to use filtered water if possible. As the US Environmental Protection Agency states, “The United States has one of the safest water supplies in the world. However, national statistics don’t tell you specifically about the quality and safety of the water coming out of your tap. That’s because drinking water quality varies from place to place, depending on the condition of the source water from which it is drawn and the treatment it receives.”

Water that has been filtered through a refrigerator-based system is most convenient for many households and helps to ensure that many of the contaminants and impurities including bacteria and heavy metals, are removed.

Many municipal drinking water supplies in certain areas of the United States are now fluoridated and a link has been established between fluoridation in tap water and an increase in the incidence of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in young men in these same geographical areas. It is likely that fluoridated water also increases the risk of osteosarcoma in dogs, especially neutered males.

Many companies now offer ‘whole house’, ‘under sink’ or ‘refrigerator’ fluoride filters that remove this substance back out of the water. Since the benefits of fluoride are very questionable anyway and many dentists believe that only topical fluoride in the form of toothpaste actually offer any protection against cavities, it may best to avoid fluoridated water for your human family as well.

You can learn more about some of the other contaminants that may be present in your tap water, here