Published: September 4, 2015

    Filtered Water & Your Pets

    Americans love their pets. It’s estimated that over 77.8 million dogs and 85.8 million cats live in U.S. households. We also care for 14.3 million birds, 12.4 million small animals, and a staggering 105 million fish. And just like humans, our pets need their water to be cleaner and purer to remain as healthy as possible.

    Pets & Tap Water

    Think of the many contaminants that may be present in unfiltered tap water: bacteria, pathogens, chemical compounds, and excess minerals. If left unfiltered, our furry, feathered, and scaly companions will ingest these unwanted substances, which can cause sickness for your pets and your family.

    Pathogens and bacteria can infect your pet just as readily as they infect you and, in some cases, transmit to family members. The diarrhea-causing Giardia parasite is a perfect example, as it spreads through fecal matter. Imagine the following scenario: Your dog drinks Giardia-contaminated tap water, gets infected, and has an accident in the house. Your son cleans it up and comes into contact with contaminated fecal matter. The next thing you know, he’s sick and missing school.

    As for iron, magnesium, and other chemicals commonly found in unfiltered water, your pet is probably more at risk than you, simply because he or she is probably much smaller than you. A hamster is likely to feel the effects of iron toxicity much sooner than a human simply because his tiny body fills up with contaminants quicker.

    Birds are especially vulnerable to heavy metal contamination, leading to lethargy, feather-plucking, behavioral problems, and possibly even death. Filtered water is the safest choice for any animal.

    Aquariums & Fish

    Fish and amphibians don’t rely on water solely for hydration; they live in it. Fish are especially vulnerable to ammonia and chlorine, two chemicals often present in public water. In addition, tap water can have pH levels radically different from what your fish require for optimum health.

    Amphibians such as frogs, salamanders, and newts don’t drink water; instead, they absorb water through their skin. This makes them extremely susceptible to water-borne contaminants and chemicals, a vulnerability that has resulted in a worldwide decline of amphibious species.

    Your pets are your family. Whether you use a countertop filter or Whole House Water Filter with UV to eliminate bacteria and microorganisms, offer them the same safe, clean water you provide for the rest of your family. They’ll love you for it.

    Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.