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Is that dog water bowl put outside by merchants in hot weather safe for your dog to drink?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG OUTSIDE DRINKINGIt’s a hot summer day and your are walking your dog. You pass a merchant who put out a water bowl for dogs to drink from on these hot summer days. Should you let your dog have a drink? Could he catch something from the other dogs who were drinking there? Sometimes a dog would like to take a cool drink from a lake or pond, is this safe? In most cases, drinking water from these sources will not harm your dog, but from time to time a dog can become ill if the waters contain certain types of organisms or hazardous chemicals. Personally, I wouldn’t let my dog drink from these sources.  It is not always possible to completely stop an animal from drinking out of a lake or river, or even a bowl of water left outside by a business owner, but in this case the less they drink the better.

You should always provide plenty of water for your dog. Even if you take him outside for a longer than usual walk, you can bring small container of water with some ice cubes in it.

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