Is Hard Water Bad for Dogs?

A person bathes a dog with shampoo and water in a bathtub.

Whether you just brought home your first puppy (congratulations!) or have owned several dogs over the years, there’s one big question you should be asking yourself: Is my tap water safe for my pet to consume? Oftentimes, many dog owners simply fill their dogs’ water bowls using regular tap water, but if you live in an area where hard water is a common issue, this may not be the best answer.

Hard water is filled with various minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, that could alter the taste and smell of your water supply, but it doesn’t stop there. Hard water is usually responsible for many pesky household issues, such as crusty faucet mineral deposits, dry skin and nails, and more. If hard water can negatively impact so many areas of your life, it’s likely not something your pet should be drinking.

Keep reading to learn more about why you should avoid giving your dog hard water, if possible.

The Potential Effects of Hard Water On Dogs

There have been several inconclusive studies regarding how hard water can impact the health of humans and pets, but Trupanion—a pet insurance company—dug a little deeper. In 2016, Trupanion released data that shows a correlation between hard-water areas across the country and increased medical payments for urinary-related issues in household pets. This breakthrough research indicates that hard water could very well affect the health of your dog, and if you live in a state such as Florida that has some of the hardest water in the country, the chances are even higher.

Eliminate Hard Water in Your Home

So, is hard water bad for your pets? It may be. And should you continue feeding it to your pets? Probably not. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution that can nip your hard-water problems in the bud: investing in a water softener system.

Rather than going through the hassle of purchasing purified water for your pets, you can purge your water supply of excess minerals by having a water softener installed at your home. And Florida Energy Water & Air is just the company you can turn to for an expert installation.

We have been serving homeowners across the Sunshine State for over three decades and would love to keep you (and your pets) happy, by helping you achieve softer water. We partner with RainSoft, an industry-leading manufacturer, to bring you water softener systems that are built to last. Plus, they all come with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, so you can rest assured that your investment will be well protected.

If you’re interested in learning more about the water softeners we offer to homeowners across Florida, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We would love to address any questions or concerns you may have before installing a water softener system at your home.


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