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Water and Pets

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For amphibians and more "wet" pets, they do not drink water, but absorb it. Frogs, salamanders and others in this category need water to absorb through their skin and the higher that quality, the longer they will live. If one finds a tadpole and wants to keep it as a pet, it is best to not use tap water; they are very sensitive to water quality. Fish, which live in water, can be greatly affected by water with high levels of chlorine or ammonia—the chemical used in some treatment plants. Other than the harmful chemicals, a certain pH value is also needed in tank water for fish to have a proper living environment. Also, poor quality water can be more prone to 'bad' algae. Check with your aquarium retailer for specifics.

Signs of dehydration in cats and dogs
The pet’s gums are the best indicator of dehydration. Lift your pet’s lips to expose the gums. Place your index finger on the gum and press your finger flat into the gum. This temporarily squeezes blood out of that spot so when you release your finger the blood should return in less than 2 seconds. The response will be delayed if your pet is dehydrated. Gum moisture is also a sign of dehydration. When you pull your finger away the gums should feel very wet, if your finger sticks to the gum it is a sign of dehydration. When water ratios fall 5% below normal, pets will start to show signs of dehydration. Other signs of dehydration include sunken eyes, dry mouth, poor skin elasticity, lethargy, increased heart rate, and constipation. Monitoring and encouraging your pet’s water levels can help you prevent dehydration.

Consider the side effect of feeding your pet bottled water
Some folks feed their pet’s bottled water and can cause more problems than they think. Bottled water is extremely expensive and continues to add waste in our landfills. Only about 27% of plastic bottles are recycled. Despite the waste plastic bottles create, some bottled water is just bottled tap water. This means pets can still be harmed by the contaminants in the unfiltered water.

With water being a crucial part of a pet's health, it is no wonder that many pet supply manufacturers offer water fountains, water filters, special bowls, special dispensers and more. When it comes down to it though, a normal stainless steel or glass bowl filled with water from a home-filtration system works well. Hopefully you can see that not only you can benefit from a water filtration system, but so can your lovely pet!

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