Should I provide filtered water to my dog?

Filtered water is tap water that has had the impurities removed by some barrier, such as special pitcher filters or some other mechanism that is screwed directly to your faucet.

Some people prefer it over bottled because of the cost factor. Tap water isn’t without its problems–the concerns over the quality and safety of tap water sparked the growth of water filters. Filtered water proponents insist that these products currently provide the best and healthiest solution to the problems of both bottled water and tap water.

Therefore, many find filtered water to be a more viable alternative because:

• Filtered water advocates insist that water filters remove more dangerous contaminants than any other purification method, since it produces water that is not subject to phthalate or cryptosporidium contamination—something they say neither the bottled water companies or municipal water treatment plants have yet to manage.
• The filters are designed to work with municipally treated water. All you need is the product and some running water.
• Less expensive than bottled water. Filtered water costs little more than untreated tap water. Bottled water, on the other hand, can be pretty expensive.
• More environmentally friendly: Water filters use no more energy than is already required to propel water through a home’s plumbing system, so they circumvent several of the environmental problems of the bottled water industry.

On the other hand, filtered water has these disadvantages:

• No portability.
• You have to remember to fill the pitcher in order to have filtered water, which can be frustrating if you are in a hurry to fill a pot up with filtered water.
• Not Unlimited Filtered Water. Even when you get a large pitcher water filter system and it is completely full you will only have 18 to 20 eight-ounce glasses of water, and that can go fast when you are cooking, making ice, etc.

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