Water is required by all living things. That's why you keep your pet's water bowl full of cool water.
But what kind of water should cats and dogs drink? Should you just give them water from the tap? Is it safe for them to drink hard water?
Can pets consume soft water?
You treat your pets as if they were family. So, let's take a closer look at some of the factors to consider when keeping cats and dogs hydrated.
Experts say that in most cases, giving your pets hard water will not cause any problems. Hard water minerals (calcium, magnesium, and iron) should not cause any health problems.
However, some veterinarians advise against giving untreated tap water to cats and dogs, and this isn't because of the minerals. Holistic veterinarians, for example, believe that pets should not consume chemicals added by municipalities during the water treatment process, such as chlorine and fluoride.
Have you ever wondered what your animal companions are drinking when you leave a bowl of water out for them?
While many homeowners install water softening systems in their homes to improve their comfort and preferences, many also consider the potential benefits soft water can provide to their pets.
Hard water is water that is high in dissolved minerals (specifically calcium and magnesium), which are harmless but can accumulate in your home's equipment or appliances. These minerals can impart a chemical taste to your water and give it a chalkier texture.
Water softeners replace the excess minerals in the water with salt. However, the sodium content of your soft water remains low.
Responsible for pet medical insurance, released a study in 2016 that investigated links between a pet's urinary health and hard drinking water. Based on the claims received, it was discovered that male cats are far more likely than other animals to have urinary health problems. It was determined that regions with higher hard water ratings have higher claim payout amounts after analyzing hard water ratings with data on urinary health claims.
As previously stated, the sodium levels that remain in soft drinking water are extremely low and have no effect on animals. However, if your pet already has high sodium levels or is an older animal, consult your veterinarian.
Just as we have preferences for one brand of water over another, your pet has preferences for the water they drink. In comparison to hard water, soft water has a more neutral flavor and a smoother texture due to the treatment of the minerals in the water
Hard water can cause mineral buildup in our hair, causing it to flatten and become brittle. Of course, this can also happen to your pets. You will most likely notice a new shine and volume to their coat after giving them a bath in softened water.
Soft water balances the pH level in hair and fur, allowing your fluffy pet to be cuddle-ready. Because soft water requires less product and fewer rinses, bathing a busy puppy will take less time (and save you money over time).
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Water softeners aren't meant to filter out contaminants. So, if you give your pet tap water, it most likely contains more than just pure H2O. Soft water is preferable for pets. In some cases, it is also dependent on your individual pet as to whether hard water or soft water is preferable.Decisions should be made accordingly.