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Water, Water, Everywhere

One of the easiest ways to keep your dog healthy is making sure he always has plenty of water, whether you are at home, in the car, on a walk, or out in the yard.

On walks, I always make sure to have water for my pack. In the summer and on extra long walks, I carry a bottle with me, and the rest of the year the bottle is full and waiting for us in the car. There are often dog water fountains on the trails, but those are not always clean enough to keep my dogs both healthy and hydrated.

We have these dog water bottles, and when inverted it has a spout for your dog to drink directly out of it. I trained my pups to use it by spreading peanut butter on it.

You have many options for dog bowls at home, and it’s also a good idea to have fresh water in your yard, whether your dog spends just plays outside periodically or most of the day.

The most durable and easiest to keep clean bowls are stainless steel bowls. Unlike plastic bowls, they resist bacteria and cannot be chewed.

A water dispenser is great for the multi-pet household.

This pet water fountain is fantastic! My pack got it for Christmas. The filter is changed every two weeks, and fresh water is constantly filtered. The movement in the water and fresh water encourages your pets to drink. My pups drink a lot more than they used to, and I love how clean it is.

No matter what type of bowl you choose, clean it thoroughly every few days. Dump the water, and wipe it with a paper towel. When you see the color and buildup on your paper towel, you’ll see why it is so important to keep it clean. You would not drink out of a dirty glass, so why should your sweet dog? Most dog bowls are dishwasher safe, and you can also soak them in warm,  soapy water. Just be sure to make sure any suds are gone before allowing your dog to use the bowl.

A healthy dog is a happy dog, and you can start with a clean, full bowl of fresh water.

 

 

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