I give my dogs tap water, and we drink tap water. The dog doesn't care, and as my dogs will drink out of lakes, streams, rivers, mud puddles in the back yard and the toilet given half a chance I am pretty sure they really could give a rip about how the water 'tastes'. Unless the FDA has declared the water in your area dangerous to drink, there's no reason not to give it to the dogs.
Here's a tidbit of information I bet you didn't know about bottled water.
The FDA is required to test drinking water in all municipalities for adverse chemicals and minerals and alert the public when those levels make the water unfit and unsafe for drinking. FDA tests the tap water in distribution facilities in your municiality several times a day. Bottled water manufacturers are only required to test their water once a week, and a most of the time the FDA does not test bottled water levels at all? Instead, bottled water manufacturers do voluntary self-testing and monitoring. I'm sure they're all 100% completely honest with the mineral content and safety of their water.
Arsenic and bromide levels have been found to be higher in bottled water than in tap water. A study in washington state tested 6 samples of water.. one being the seattle tap water, and 5 being bottled water manufacturers elsewhere in washington state, and the 5 bottled water sources all had higher amounts of arsenic than the tap water did! http://www.djc.com/special/enviro97/10030697.htm
25% or more of all bottled water sold in stores is tap water. Sometimes it's further treated, sometimes it's not. Blind taste tests have been done, and as many as 75% of participants actually prefered the taste of tap water to bottled water.
So please, dont think bottled water is safer. It is NOT. IMHO it's more dangerous than regular tap water simpley becuase it is less regulated.
The best water and safest water you can drink is filtered water, because then you know for sure it's being properly filtered (asusming your filter works properly of course).
but really, I don't care. If I'm thirsty I drink. Kind of like my dogs, I guess only I wont drink from the toilet! Seriously.
I know for sure that it is not healthy for human solely rely on bottled water. So I guess the best think I can do is to give it filtered water. I don't have a filter system, but we do drink Britta water.
OHHHHHH Minni! I am throwing away all the bottled water in fridge as we speak. I am <gagging> just thinking of what I have been drinking lol
We have a filtration system on our fridge, so that is where the dogs get the water as do we. But when I am off running around, I grab a bottled one from the fridge. No more now. lol <see me throwing them in the garbage> ;-)
***Edited By: iluvmypoms on 10/22/2006 4:15:12 PM*** Reason: x
I don't give my dogs tap water. We use water softeners and all other kinds of crap, they deserve better cleaner water than that. I have a brita container just for their water. We also have jugs we fill for ourselves from the mountain. All the locals get their water there, its great.
Also, never drink water from a hose, or give it to your dog. Lots of nasty bacteria builds up in the hose.
We drink filtered water from the fridge and so do the dogs. I, personally won't drink bottled water because of the chemicals that leach from the plastic to the water... it's been linked to too many cancers.
My dogs too, are not picky about what they drink... and then they want to kiss me... yuck!
I knew moving to our new house that our water was bad. There was some kind of bacteria in it which is why we won't drink it. We had to poor gallons of bleach into the well and then have it retested. The test came back ok but not worth the chance.
If we get sick from the water at least we will know the source. The bacteria is what worried us.
It depends on the area you live in. Our city tap water is very pure, and is filtered by a Britanica, Inc. I drink it, as it tastes just the same as bottled water. This may not go for where you live though.
Oh brother....they're dogs...tap water is cleaner than a creek or spring they'll drink from if they're outside. I'll get grief for this, but this is another example of people going overboard with their animals. When you over sanitize the living enviroment, when exposed to germs, there will be no antibodies built up to fight off micro-invaders....people or animal