Can you give your pet distilled water? Yes. The real question is should you give your pet distilled?
Updated: Mar 10
Dogcarelife states......According the World Health Organization, there are risks to drinking water without minerals. WHO says there are fourteen minerals that are missing from distilled water that can have a negative impact on a humans health. While dogs and humans certainly are different biologically, it is not a stretch to assume that most dogs need these minerals too. There have also been cases where dogs have developed heart problems and potassium deficiency when given distilled water exclusively.
Petmd states....A small amount of distilled water is not harmful to your pet, but as a sole source of water, it is not recommended and can lead to serious side effects.
“Distilled water lacks minerals and can cause the body to loose important electrolytes through the kidneys, leading to low blood levels,”...This type of water can also soak into tissues more than water with minerals, thereby causing edema or over-hydration and water toxicity, which can be harmful to cells and tissues.
Symptoms of Toxicity: Fatigue, irregular heartbeat, and neurologic changes
Prevention Tips: Avoid providing distilled water as a sole drinking source.
Drinking regular water is not only important for proper hydration but is also a source for necessary minerals and electrolytes that your pet needs. If you don't want to or can't use tap water, then use bottled water and not distilled water as regular source of water. Unless directed by your vet, your pet is better off with tap or bottled water for you baby.
Using distilled water as a sole water source causes your pet to be overly thirsty and they drink more and more trying to quench their thirst. Please save this post for future reference and please help us educate owners about the dangerous advice to use distilled water.
I live way out in the country and have a well and the water is great so I do not have to worry. What do you use?
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