Should I provide bottled water to my dog?

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Nothing is surrounded by as much debate as the bottled versus tap water argument. Some say bottled is better; others argue that it’s just a waste of money.

Here are some pros and cons so you can decide if it’s right for you:

Pro:

Purity: Tap water sometimes has chemicals or rust that can hurt a dog, and if you live in an area that has hard water that’s always full of a lot of rust, bottled may be the way to go.
• Taste: Some people, and their dogs, are very sensitive to taste You might live in an area where the tap water has a less than appealing taste. Or, you might live in an area where the taste changes only at certain times, say, when the reservoir is switched so you might want to use bottled water only at those times.
• Standardization: A dog’s digestive system is so delicate that even the slightest change in diet, including water, can cause tummy upsets. If you are traveling, bottled water will provide standardization.
• Convenience. Bottled water has portability and it can be easily resealed. If you have a lot to carry, it could be a good choice. Also remember that while tap water is readily available in urban areas, sometimes it can be more difficult to come by in the more rural ones.
• Storage. You can keep it on hand for storms or other emergencies where water systems are damaged—or you just can’t get out.

Cons:

• There are pretty strict regulations in developed countries about what can be drunk, so the contaminants could be equal or even less than that of tap. Therefore, unless you live in an area that has hard water, this could just be a waste of money.
• Not great for the environment; even if recycled or reused, it still uses energy and increases the carbon footprint.
• Cost: You’ll certainly pay for those bottles; tap water is far less expensive, or even free.

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