posted byShotaro Nabeya19/04/2021
It can be convenient to have communal water bowls, but sometimes they hold more than just water!
It can be very convenient to allow your dog to drink from a communal water bowl when walking your beloved canine friend at the local dog park. However, communal water bowls may contain bacteria, viruses and even parasites that will be very harmful to your dog’s health.
All public communal water bowls pose a potential health risk for your dog.
Canines that have been exposed to different diseases can contaminate the water bowl and spread to your dog.
It is always smart to bring your own separate water bowl or bottle for your dog.
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Communal water bowls can hold so many different types of diseases.
Communal water bowls in public environments such as restaurants, beaches, dog parks, etc. can easily become contaminated through different methods.
The most important fact to understand is that, you never know how often these communal bowls are cleaned, or how often the water is switched out.
There can be environmental items such as leaves that hold bacteria and parasites that may fall into the water and contaminate it.
Another important fact to note is that communal dog bowls have a high chance of being contaminated with fecal matter. Canines may touch the water with their paws or snout after stepping on poop or sniffing another dog’s butt.
Rodents can also urinate or defecate in these bowls especially if these bowls have been left outside for an extended period of time.
The best way to protect your precious canine from communal water bowl hazards is to bring your own water bottle or bowl, along with a fresh source of water.
If you do forget to bring a water bottle or water bowl, it is always smarter to go to a restaurant nearby and ask for a cup of water rather than allowing your dog to drink from a communal water bowl.
It is also important to practice good hygiene at home as well. Always provide fresh water and clean your dog’s water bowl daily to avoid any bacteria or viruses from contaminating the water bowl.
If you have multiple pets at home, provide each of them with their own water bowl to drink from.
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