Water is the most important element for each organism. Its lack leads to catastrophic consequences. We all know that one can survive without food for longer than without water. However, living in a world where access to healthy, pure spring water is difficult, we ask ourselves: What kind of water can we offer to our dog?
Alkaline water is not only good for you, but it is also great for animals, helping to prevent disease and giving them better hydration. As with humans, alkaline water might induce chemical changes in animals and they can have amazing results after drinking it: more energy, brighter eyes, brighter fur, healthier wrists.
Even for pets, alkaline water can improve their quality of life.
Our dogs spend all the time on the floor, on the ground, or even on chairs, where we used chemicals for cleaning and where they are prone to bacteria, insects, and parasites.
Once home, you can brush its fur with a brush with clean water, which has a pH of 7. It will remove dust and bacteria and leave the animal’s skin hydrated. Pulverizing and shampooing the animal with clean water (pH 7.0), will have its fur benefit from this process. By keeping the animal’s fur clean and free of the typical chemicals found in shampoos, the dead skin can be completely removed.
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Your pet can benefit from the use of alkaline water, by increasing the protection against normal pathogens and by detoxifying its system.
There are two types of alkaline water – the natural alkaline water collected from springs and the artificial alkaline water, or the ionized water, which passes through an ionization process in such a way that the pH becomes more alkaline.
The alkaline ionized water is obtained by means of a water ionizer, an apparatus that uses the electrolysis process to separate the water into ionized alkaline and acid. According to specialists, naturally ionized alkaline water through high purity magnesium filters (99,9%) is the optimal solution for health.
Alkaline water is safe for your dog in most cases. Drinking alkaline water induces a state of thirst that makes your pet drink more, which leads to better hydration. Alkaline water also helps boost their energy level and makes their poop smell better.
Drinking alkaline water may keep away molecules that cause cancer because it protects your dog’s stomach lining from those free radicals.
Another benefit is the fact that it removes plaque from the teeth and gums, and fights bad breath, all because of the potassium bicarbonate added into the water.
Alkaline water, especially natural alkaline water, containing natural minerals, is consumed in the same way as ordinary water. There are no special indications of this effect. You must take great care, instead, when it comes to artificially alkalinized water, which can have a higher pH than normal and contain fewer minerals than natural alkaline water.
Never give your animal alkaline ionized water during meals. The higher pH level from the water will neutralize the stomach acids required for proper food digestion.
In most cases, tap water is good for your dog. However, if you live in a place with unsafe tap or fountain water, please discuss the options with your veterinarian. Your choices will probably be either bottled or filtered water for your dog.
Alkaline water has a pH higher than ordinary drinking water. For this reason, some alkaline water advocates believe they can neutralize the acid in your dog’s body. Normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH of 7, while alkaline water usually has a pH of 8 or 9.
Don’t give your dog alkaline water from the beginning. Start with medium alkalinity (8.5-9.0 pH) and continue for about one week. If everything goes well, you can increase the alkalinity to 9.5 pH and treat them with alkaline water until their condition improves.
Even though there are lots of benefits in including alkaline water in your dog’s diet, you should be very careful because their stomach isn’t used to digest it. In this case, they might vomit it or have diarrhea.
Situations in which your dog should not drink alkaline water:
By adding alkaline water to your dog’s life, you can minimize the number of visits to the veterinary and provide a long and healthy life. In fact, many veterinary cabinets have installed an alkaline water device to provide perfect water for animals that remain for treatment or for grooming, and even for antibacterial application to the detriment of oil-based antibiotics.