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You may live in a city where tap water is deemed unsafe to drink. For those of you who don’t live in one of these cities, which is most of the U.S. population, this article is for you!

Bottled water has been the go-to for most of us for years now. It’s everywhere. There are delivery services and a million ways to drink it, from your own canteen, to fashionable bottles that keep your water cold for hours.

Filtered water is another popular option. A filtration system for your tap is simple enough to install on your faucet. It requires little money and you can drink to your heart’s content.

But what about your pet? Is tap water okay for them to drink?

Is Drinking Tap Water Risky?

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We all need water in order to live. All living things do. Our pooches are obviously no exception. While humans need an average of 8 glasses of water per day, your dog needs about an ounce of water per pound of their weight per day. So, if your dog weighs 55 lbs, they need 55 ounces of water to drink every day.

Having plenty of water promotes good health. It keeps their systems working properly. If they don’t drink enough, they will not digest their food properly to absorb the nutrition they need. If they are even slightly dehydrated, they cannot maintain their body temperature successfully.

Water is a big deal!

So what water should they be drinking? Especially since we are living at a time where tap water is so out of style.

Surprise Surprise!

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Most tap water in the U.S. is perfectly okay to drink. There are of course exceptions, like in Flint, Michigan. But most often, the water is fine. The EPA is responsible for monitoring all drinking water. But as pet parents, it is not our job to trust them, but rather do our own due diligence and find out for ourselves.

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How do we check if our water is safe to drink?

You can look up your town’s information with a click of a mouse button. Literally ‘Google’ — “Is (My Town)’s Water Safe To Drink” and see what comes up.

I tried doing this with several nearby towns and all of them had specific info via a .pdf that lists the number of contaminants in the water. You can also call your town hall, city council members or local news outlets for info.

If your town’s water is deemed safe and there is nothing to worry about, then it is fine for your pet.

However, if it is unsafe for human consumption then it is unsafe for your pet too!

Your veterinarian will have more insight on this subject but the general rule is safety first. If, for any reason, you feel the tap water in your home is funky, do not give it to your dog. If continuously filling that dish with bottled water is breaking the bank, a filter system for your faucet is a great option.

BUT! If the water is clear and the town says it’s A-OK, there is no reason your pup needs filtered or bottled water. Think about how many times they’ve drunk from the toilet and are still okay. No, seriously. Use your best judgment– but be smart, the tap may be the way to go. Your wallet will thank you. Plus, you’ll have more money to spend on fun stuff like squeaky things that drive you crazy.

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