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Fluoride Toxicity And Dogs Drinking

Have you ever wondered about the fluoride contained in your dog's drinking water? Read on to learn what we recommend here at Wellbeing for Dogs.

Recommendation: Filter your dog's drinking water

When I was writing to Ann Tomlinson and her beautiful little dog Bailey about kidney and bladder stones which poor Bailey suffers from terribly, the first thing I recommended was that Ann filter the drinking water for Bailey with a water filter that also alkalises the water. Getting Bailey’s PH balance correct for him is one part of the strategy that Ann uses to keep those calcium deposits at bay.

Now although I know that dogs will drink the most weird and vile water, out of the (toilet) bowl, dirty, muddy water and from the strangest of places, the water we provide for them doesn’t have to be like that.

Fluoride is far more toxic to dogs than it is to humans

I have filtered the water for my dogs (and for myself) since I realised Marley was having a reaction to fluoride in another product (doggie toothpaste). I did some research, talked to my vet, and found out that fluoride is far more toxic to dogs than humans (and it isn’t good for us either!).

I use this filter from Waters and while I don’t say it is essential, it is certainly beneficial to long term health to do whatever we can to lighten the load on our precious companions. And it tastes good to us too.

Do you know how dogs drink water?

As an aside to this – do you know how dogs drink water? It is amazing, they curl their tongue backwards to form a scoop and take water up to their mouth.

No wonder they make such a mess!

This video is beautiful for showing just how that is done.

Dog drinking water in slow motion

Recommendation: Refresh your dog's water daily

Of course remembering to change and refresh the water bowl every day is important too. Even though they might enjoy that odd slumming it with the water from questionable sources, they really do love fresh clean life enhancing water. And lots of it.


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