Outdoor Dogs Need Fresher Water to Prevent Illness
Sure, dogs love to spend time outdoors, especially certain breeds. However, it's not a good idea to just throw a dog outside without giving him the proper accommodations
, and by accommodations, I mean basic supplies. Amongst the outdoor elements, a dog's water supply and food supply can easily turn sour. Bugs will get in the food, and dirt and grime will make its way into the water dish. This is not healthy for your pup.
If your pup isn't getting the proper nutrition, there is an elevated chance that he will go out searching for new sources of nourishment. Even though this sounds convenient, it can be extremely harmful to a dog.
Why Do Dogs End Up Drinking Nasty Water?
The water that you provide has the potential to make your dog sick if it isn't clean. Also, if your water supply runs out or it isn't appealing to your dog, he may go out searching for a new supply, which could lead him to danger. No matter how it happens, consumption of dirty water has been linked to a number of illnesses including Leptospirosis.
Leptospirosis is an infection that is carried in infected water. It is especially prevalent in tropical, subtropical, and wet environments and can cause sudden fever, sore muscles, vomiting, diarrhea, and depression. According to PetMD, "The infection rate for domestic pets has been increasing in the U.S. and Canada with infections occurring most commonly in the fall season. Dogs will typically come into contact with Leptospira bacteria in infected water, soil, or mud, while swimming, passing through, or drinking contaminated water."
Unfortunately, Leptospirosis is not the only water borne illness that can be harmful to your pup. The key thing to remember is that you need to be aware that there are potential dangers out there and preventative measures should be taken.
What Can I Do To Protect My Dog?
Recognizing the problem of bad drinking water, many dog supply companies have been working to remedy the problem. They've come out with a number of products to help owners build a safe haven in their yard. One of the best products on the market today is the Waterdog Automatic Outdoor Pet Drinking Fountain.
The Waterdog Fountain is designed to attach to outdoor spigots, so dogs can be provided with fresh water at all times of the day. The Waterdog Fountain works by using sonar proximity censors to identify when your dog approaches. When your dog gets close enough, the fountain shoots a fresh stream of water for your pup to drink. The only thing that you need to get this fountain working is four C-Cell batteries. After installing this fountain, your dog will no longer need to roam around searching for new sources of water because he will have fresh water that comes out in a fun and stimulating way.
By: Tim Snyder