I came across this article. I drink tap water; should my dog?? Read this and make your own decision. -Diana Davidson, Westside Dog Nanny
Is tap water containing flouride dangerous for your dog to drink.
The debate as to benefits vs the risks accompanying fluoridation in water has raged for years.
A piece written in DogsNaturally addressed this topic head on; a few excerpts should be helpful for everyone concerned about the safety of the water their dog is drinking
Fluoride is added to many municipal water supplies to help prevent tooth decay. When it’s present in drinking water at 1 part per million, it’s considered safe….(but) too much fluoride can cause skeletal fluorosis an… be toxic.
Skeletal fluorosis is a painful, debilitating disease caused by a buildup of fluoride in the body…
New studies have linked…disease of the teeth, weakening of bones, bone loss, bone cancer, kidney disease, osteosarcoma and hormone disruption to fluoride. It can also lead to reduced IQ levels and cognitive damage. Gastrointestional upset has also been linked to fluoride….including nausea, pain, and vomiting.
Is Your Dog At Risk?
Fluoride is present naturally in various foods. Due to the artificial addition of synthetic fluoride to drinking water, it infiltrates into everything. Mechanically watered plants, processed foods, feed animals all accumulate until the safe levels in the drinking water are blown away. Independent tests have shown that some processed dog foods have excessive levels of fluoride (some 2.5 times higher than “safe” levels).
In addition to diet, even exposure to treated water is a concern. Fluoride can also be absorbed through the skin. If the pool your dog swims in, bathes in or exercises in is filled with treated water, they are being exposed to additional fluoride.
Signs Of Fluorosis
It’s important for pet owners to understand that skeletal fluorosis is often misdiagnosed as arthritis. Since fluoride’s effects are cumulative, it’s easy to mistake fluorosis for arthritis symptoms. Xray evidence of the disease only captures the progressed disease and completely misses the early stages.
Early stages present as issues of “aging” and are often dismissed as such. Has your aging dog had any of the above symptoms? Is it age or the early stages of skeletal fluorosis? It’s widely thought that skeletal fluorosis is not an issue in North America. In reality, early onset is possibly rampant and widely misdiagnosed.
Prevention Is Key
The damage from excessive fluoride is cumulative and for the most part, irreversible. While the symptoms can be treated, the only true treatment is avoidance. Additionally, bone injuries of skeletal fluorosis sufferers cannot be treated conventionally due to brittle bones and slow healing times.
A healthy, natural, unprocessed diet and filtered water are key to preventing this common issue. (Brita water filters do not filter fluoride). End Dogs Naturally
So there you have it…small amounts of fluoride will probably not be harmful. If you plan to give your buddy tap water check with your city and ask if fluoride is added to water and what the levels are. I would also ask how often the water levels are tested.
Better yet…bottled or Brita type filtered water is cheap. We can buy 24 bottles of bottled water for under $3. It is an expense, but for my wallet it is well worth it to protect the health of our pack of 3.
that’s all for today..it’s a beautiful and I for one can’t wait to get the little ones outdoors….hope to see ya at the park 🙂
till next time
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