How Your Water Quality Affects Your Pets
When it comes to water, most of us want the cleanest water possible. Clean water is a necessity for living a healthy life. Our bodies are 70% water, and we each need to drink about 2 liters of water a day. We use water to shower, wash our dishes, and water our plants. Water cooks our food, cleans our laundry, and hydrates our pets. Over a day, all that water starts to add up. Each human uses about 80-100 gallons of water a day. That’s a lot of water! That’s also a lot of opportunities for dirty water to sneak into our bodies.
Contaminants in your drinking water are more common than you think. Old pipes and contaminated water all bring unsafe drinking water into your home. This is why regular water tests from Crystal Clear Water are essential. We can identify contaminants and give you a full reading of the quality of your water.
Even without getting a water test, the smell of your water may turn you off. Many of us stray from drinking tap water. Especially in a time when filtered water is standard. The dangers of chemicals in tap water are common knowledge. To avoid these dangers, most will turn to bottled water. It is easy and portable. It is also guaranteed safe drinking water. But what about your pets? What water are they drinking?
Some may buy bottled water for their pets, but many just fill up the bowl at the sink. Why? It’s easier and costs less. Fancy bowls with filtration systems exist, but they are expensive. There is also the added expense of replacing the filter.
So when you don’t want to spend time and money replacing filters, what do you do? What are the hidden dangers lurking in the water your pets are drinking? How is your water quality affecting your pets? There are many reasons you should be thinking about what’s in their water.
Fish, Turtles, and Tap Water
All pets need water to live. But fish and turtles need much more water than other animals. Their entire habitat is underwater. In the wild, they survive in whatever conditions they live in. But in captivity, both fish and turtles need a more exact environment. Plus, the cleaner and healthier your pets’ environment is, the healthier your pet is!
Most tank owners know to use distilled water. This type of water comes in plastic jugs and is available at most stores. You can also distill your water by boiling it and allowing it to cool before use. Some people do use tap water. But the general rule of thumb is that tap water is not safe straight from the faucet. It is standard to leave the water in an open container for at least 24 hours. Why?
The open container allows the chemicals in the water to evaporate. Specifically, this method allows chlorine to evaporate. Chlorine is a common chemical found in city water. The city pumps chlorine into the water to prevent disease—kind of like how you would use chlorine in your pool. The amount of chlorine in the water is safe for human consumption. Though it sometimes leaves a smell in the water. But for fish or turtles, any level of chlorine is unsafe. The filters in fish tanks do not filter out chemicals, only waste. To keep your fish swimming happily, be careful about the water you use. Tap water right from the faucet is toxic.
Bottled distilled water is an excellent option for fish and turtle tanks. But if you want to cut down on the plastic, Crystal Clear Water’s purification systems are for you. We offer three types of reverse osmosis systems. Each system removes particulates and chemicals from the water. With our systems, you do not have to leave tap water out for 24 hours. It is good to go right from the faucet! Our systems also help you say goodbye to hard water issues and plastic waste.
Cats, Dogs, and Water Quality
Cats and dogs are among the most common pets. They are cute, cuddly, and often a member of the family. And when it comes to family, we all want what is best for the ones we love. The same is true for our furry friends. If you care about the water you are drinking, you should care about the water they are drinking.
Contaminants are just as bad for cats and dogs as they are for us. Copper, common water contaminants, causes kidney and liver damage in humans. In dogs, it causes Copper-associated hepatopathy. This is a fancy way of saying copper-related illness. More specifically, sickness of the liver. Copper-associated hepatopathy is the most common cause of chronic hepatitis in dogs. Hepatitis is the scientific term for severe swelling of the liver.
Hard water is also a concern for our pets. Some studies are now showing links between hard water and UTIs in cats. The hard water is making it easier for urinary tract infections to form. It is important to note, though, that these findings are not conclusive. Either way, it is best to avoid hard water. The best way to do that is with a reverse osmosis purification system.
Bottled Water or Filtered Water for Pets?
In all reality, either is fine. What is important is that your pet has access to clean water. If you feel better about using bottled water, then by all means. But bottled water gets expensive quickly. It also creates quite a bit of plastic waste, whereas filtered water allows you to use your tap water as usual. You also get to feel good about reducing your household’s waste output.
Plastic water bottles left in the heat are also at risk for their own set of contaminants. Heat causes the plastic to release more of its chemicals. These chemicals then find their way into the water inside the bottle. So, if you do choose to go with bottled water, keep it inside away from any heat. Try to limit how much time plastic water bottles spend in the car, as well.
Crystal Clear Water’s purification systems remove 99.8% of toxins and chemicals. We guarantee our systems remove arsenic, cyanide, chrome, copper, nickel, and other ions. This makes your water healthier and tastes better! The best part is that we install our systems under the sink. So you can just turn on the faucet, fill up a cup, and drink!
Crystal Clear Water Cares
Contaminated water is easy to come by, especially when you are on well water. Contaminants in the nearby groundwater may leach into your water supply. This leaves you at risk for unsafe water in your home. If you would not drink it, do not give it to your pets. If you make a point to drink filtered water, your pets should drink it too. Their quality of life will improve. Clean water leaves less room for water-related illnesses in your furry companions. It also helps prevent copper, iron, and chlorine related issues in your water.
For more information on Crystal Clear’s water purification systems, give us a call at (239) 599-8873. We offer a free water analysis. Concerned you may have an issue with your water? Give us a call and schedule your free analysis today!