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Can my dog drink water outside?

Walking and playing with your dog outside is one of life’s true pleasures, and a daily necessity. But what about when they get thirsty? Is it safe for them to drink from the water sources you find along the way?

The short answer, generally, is no.

Sadly, our lakes, rivers, ponds, and even puddles, can contain organisms, microbes and chemicals that can be harmful to your dog. But, there are ways to keep your dog safe and hydrated while you’re enjoying the great outdoors.

How to I prevent my dog from drinking outside water?

The best way to keep your dog safe and hydrated is to take clean drinking water and a portable bowl with you, every time you go outside.

If you see your dog about to drink from an outdoor water source, gently steer them away and encourage them to drink from their bowl.

What if I don’t want to carry a bowl?

Most dogs, with a little encouragement, can be trained to drink straight from a water bottle, to save carrying a bowl everywhere you go.

Perfect Fit tips to prevent your dog to drink form outside sources of water

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What about when we go swimming?

Going swimming with your dog can be a lot of fun for both of you, but dogs do tend to ingest some water when they go swimming.

If you are going to take your dog swimming, to be safe it is best to avoid stagnant or dirty-looking bodies of water. These are the water sources most likely to contain organisms, microbes and chemicals that could be harmful to your dog.

Fresh, clear, running water is always better.

A good rule is: if you don’t want to swim in it, it’s probably not good for your dog. And remember, like any activity, always bring fresh water with you and encourage your dog to drink from their bowl or bottle after their swim.

It’s also a good idea to give them a good rinse with clean water after swimming, especially if they have been swimming in the ocean. It will help rinse salt water and beach sand from their coat and help keep their coat and skin free of any pollutants that may have been in the water.

How often does my dog need water when we’re active?

When your dog is being active they will need to regularly drink small amounts of water. Like us, they will need to drink even more frequently in warmer weather, or during a strenuous activity like running.

So, it’s important to take little drink breaks when you are out being active with your dog, and in the shade wherever possible.

What if my dog does drink water outside?

If you see your dog drinking from an outside fresh water source, you nevertheless might want to gently steer them towards the fresh water you have brought for them.

Keep an eye on your dog over the next few days and if you see any signs of sickness, take them to your vet to be checked out.

Otherwise, continue enjoying the great outdoors with your dog: they need the exercise and love that time with you. It’s their favourite thing to do!