owners may pay so much attention to the quality of foods and treats that
they can forget a basic dietary staple – water. Fresh water daily is
essential to pets. Like people and most other animals, pets are largely composed
of water and need water in their diet for good health. There isn’t
enough moisture in pet food alone, especially dry food. Putting out fresh
water each day helps keep bacteria or germs out of their dish. For some pets,
particularly cats, they may stop drinking water if it isn’t clean enough.
Cats can be finicky about the way they drink water. Some insist on running
water, some will only drink out of certain bowls, others prefer the shower
or tub. This is fine as long as they are able to get fresh water regularly.
However, both cats and dogs have been known to drink from the toilet which
isn’t healthy because of bacteria. Also, it’s not good to use
drop-in toilet cleaners as they can be toxic to pets. Either way keeping
the lid down is a good idea. Outdoor and stay-at-home pets can have water
issues too. A tipped bowl is common. While normally not a huge issue, if
your pet is being left an extended period of time, or the day is particularly
hot, making sure there is a second source of water is a good idea. If your
pet is refusing water, or appears dehydrated contact your vet immediately.
Dehydration can be a serious problem if not caught early. While it seems
an obvious part of pet care, consider your pet’s water situation, as
it is a vital part of good health.