Which is the Best Drinking Water for Pets, Hard or Soft?

Every living organism needs water to survive, and that’s why it’s vital to keep your pet’s water bowl topped up with refreshing water. Many pet owners worry about the type of water they give their pets to ensure that they stay healthy and vital. Can you give your pet water straight from the faucet and is it safe to give them hard water to drink? We will examine these questions in detail to discover which water is best to keep your pet properly hydrated.

Hard Drinking Water for Cats and Dogs Which is the Best Drinking Water for Pets, Hard or Soft

Most experts would say that giving hard water to your cats and/or dogs will probably not cause them any health issues. There are minerals in hard water, such as calcium, iron, and magnesium, but they are not linked to health problems in small quantities. Some veterinarians may offer advice against supplying pet drinking water straight from the tap. This is not related to the presence of minerals, but because of the other contaminants that can be found in treated tap water, such as fluoride and chlorine. There may also be other contaminants present in unfiltered tap water, and it’s a good idea to check your water quality with your local municipality. If your water is supplied from a private well, it’s a good idea to get it tested once each year.

The 2016 Trupanion Study

There is no conclusive evidence to suggest that there are health concerns connected to drinking hard water. The Trupanion Study was carried out in the United States in 2016, and this did find a correlation between some medical claims made for pets with urinary issues in areas that are supplied with hard water. The study discovered that there was a significantly higher risk for urinary issues in pets living in hard water areas. This may be a factor to consider for pet owners that have pets that may be prone to urinary issues. The study also found that cats are 40% more likely to have a urinary problem in hard water areas and female dogs were 2.5 times more likely to have a urinary problem compared to male dogs.

Soft Drinking Water for Cats and Dogs

Installing a water softener in your home will allow you to remove those hard minerals from your water softener. If you install an ion exchange, the harder mineral ions are replaced with softer sodium ions. The amount of treatment required will vary depending upon the hardness of the water that you’re receiving. Sodium is salt, but the amount of sodium added is minimal, and many people may not notice any difference. Some people and pets are not too fond of the taste of soft water, and it’s not a good choice for a low sodium diet.

Choosing the Right Drinking Water

A water softener isn’t designed to filter out harmful contaminants, and it will only reduce the hardness of your water. Many people resort to supply bottled drinking water for their pets, but there are better options available. A better solution is to install a Reverse Osmosis filtrations system to remove harmful contaminants from your drinking water supply.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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