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Pets & ph: why your pet should be drinking alkaline water

Dogs and cats are prone to the very same ailments and diseases as humans. Both of our diets are often saturated with unhealthy foods devoid of nutrients and minerals. Think of processed dog and cat food as the equivalent of fast food. If you wouldn’t want to eat McDonald’s for every meal of the day, why would you allow your pet to do just that? Drinking naturally alkaline water can deliver bioavailable minerals and electrolytes, serving as a conduit for good health. 

 

people & pets are saying 'Alkaline, please!'

As the key to life for all living beings on Earth, ensuring your pet has access to water of any kind is essential. Just like in humans, water is responsible for keeping your pet’s body functioning at peak levels. It helps keep the digestive system moving, kidney's functioning, lubricates joinds and is involved in a variety of other critical bodily functions¹

But not all water is equal. Tap water is often treated using harmful chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, and heavy metals. While these impurities might cause us to steer clear of tap water, most of us don’t think twice about it when filling our pet’s bowl. 

 

paws up for ph!

By drinking naturally alkaline water, you and your pet can reap the health benefits of this superior form of good old H20. For one, naturally alkaline water is more easily absorbed by body tissues, leading to optimal hydration levels¹

Many pet owners also say that drinking alkaline water on a regular basis can help eliminate the smell of feces and urine. This was one of the findings in a 2008 study of dairy farm cows by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine. They concluded that the intake of alkaline water changed the acid-base balance in the dairy cows in comparison to the control group of cows. Some of the positive effects were increased milk production by 18%-28%, a marked improvement in the milk quality, higher bone density, the elimination of strong fecal and urine odor, increased appetite, and a higher fertility rate. 

In another study conducted by the Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science and the University of Padua, researchers found that providing mice with alkaline water correlates to a higher longevity in terms of ‘deceleration aging factor’ as it increases the survival functions when compared to mice in the control group. Simply put: the animals given alkaline water had a longer life span. 

 

be mindful!

It is always advisable to speak with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet. Water included. If you do end up giving alkaline water a try, monitor any behavioral or physical changes over time in your pet and let us know how it goes!

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