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Hydrogen-Enriched Water for Pets

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Did you know that 97% of Americans consider their pets to be as much a part of their family as  human family members? And just like any family member, you want your pets to be as happy and healthy as possible. So, you make sure they get enough exercise, you keep them up-to-date on their medications, and provide food for them with the nutrients they need.

But did you know that the type of water you give your pets can impact their overall health? When you consider that the average percentage of water in most mature animals is anywhere between 70% and 76%, it’s no surprise that your pet’s health is dependent on the type of water they drink. So, make sure you’re giving your pets the best water to ensure their best life.

 

Why your pet needs high-quality water

Just like you, your pet needs water for their body to function properly. And just like you, the higher quality the water, the more efficient your body will function. Here are just some ways healthy water improves your pet’s health:

 

Regulates body temperature

Water acts like a coolant. It absorbs heat as it evaporates from your pet’s skin and through panting. This vital process helps maintain a healthy body temperature, especially during exercise or hot weather. Without adequate water, your pet will struggle to regulate its temperature, which will lead to overheating and other health problems.

 

Aids digestion and nutrient absorption

Water breaks down food and assists the digestive system. It helps soften food, allowing for easier passage through the digestive tract. Water also dissolves essential nutrients from food, making them readily available for absorption into the bloodstream, where they can be used by the body for various functions. Dehydration can hinder digestion and nutrient absorption, leading to constipation, malnutrition, and decreased energy levels.

 

Lubricates joints and transports nutrients

Water acts as a lubricant in joints, reducing friction and cushioning bones during movement. This helps maintain joint health and mobility, allowing your pet to move freely without discomfort. Water also serves as a vital transportation system, carrying essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and oxygen throughout the body to various organs and tissues.

 

Flushes out toxins and waste products

Water plays a crucial role in flushing out toxins and waste products generated by your pet’s metabolic processes. Adequate water intake ensures efficient waste removal, preventing the build-up of toxins that can lead to various health problems, including kidney and bladder infections. Dehydration can impair waste removal, allowing toxins to accumulate in the body, impacting organ function and overall health.

 

Potential problems from unhealthy water

Unlike most of your human family members, your pets don’t always drink from the best water sources. To ensure that your pet stays at the peak of health, be sure to monitor your pet’s water intake. Here are some water sources and potential problems associated with them:

  • Tap water – may contain contaminants like chlorine, lead, and other minerals
  • Standing water – stagnant water sources are the perfect environment for harmful bacterial to grow
  • Rainwater – often contaminated with pollutants and debris

 

If your pet ingests these contaminants and harmful bacteria, it can lead to:

  • Dehydration
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Skin problems
  • And digestive issues

 

Choosing the healthiest water for your pet

It is so important to provide your pet with access to healthy drinking water. Consider these clean, safe, and beneficial hydration choices:

 

Filtered tap water

It’s widely available, cost effective, and removes harmful contaminants, like chlorine and lead. Choose a filter specifically designed for pet water bowls or a whole-house filtration system.

 

Bottled spring water 

Bottled water is convenient for travel and emergencies, readily available, and often comes in smaller bottles, which are more suitable for pet bowls.

 

Pet fountains

Fountains encourage increased water intake with a constantly flowing, aerated water source, which some pets enjoy. Many models are also equipped with built-in filters to remove impurities.

 

Hydrogen-enriched water

Compared to other water sources, hydrogen water offers the most health benefits for your pets. If you drink hydrogen-enriched water yourself, offering hydrogen water to your pets is simple and convenient. Here’s a breakdown of the potential health benefits for your pets:

 

Increased Antioxidants

Hydrogen water acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that damage cells and contribute to various health issues.

 

Reduced Inflammation

Hydrogen water can reduce inflammation, which can benefit pets with allergies or joint problems.

 

Improved Coat Health

It has been suggested that hydrogen water can improve a pet's fur quality. The theory is that reduced inflammation in the hair follicles results in a shinier, healthier coat.

 

Accelerated wound healing

Studies have shown that hydrogen-enriched water promotes skin wound healing in dogs, reduced inflammatory reaction, and shortened wound healing time.

 

Water is essential for your pet’s health and impacts everything from temperature regulation and digestion, to joint health and waste removal. Ensuring your pet stays adequately hydrated is crucial for their well-being and overall health. So, make sure you’re providing your pet with the best water possible, so you can keep them around for a long time.

 

Disclaimer: While hydrogen water is considered safe for pets, it's wise to consult your veterinarian before any new addition to your pet’s diet.

 

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