Picture this: an elegant lunch for two. It's just you and your pupper, with an ocean view, and two Michelin star worthy meals du jour. The waiter asks, "sparkling or still?" The stakes are high. What the heck are you supposed to tell him?
If you love things to sparkle and shine, including your water, you may be wondering if you can serve your pup some of that good ol' fashioned bubbly stuff. I mean, come on, your dog is fabulous. Why shouldn't his water be, too?
So what about sparkling water? Can I give sparkling water to my dog? Is sparkling water toxic to dogs? Can dogs drink sparkling water?
Can dogs drink sparkling water?
Yes, dogs can drink sparkling water in small amounts. There's not too much information out there on dogs and sparkling water, but luckily, sparkling water does not contain any immediate toxic ingredients – it is water with bubbles, after all. Keep in mind that giving your dog regular, filtered water is always preferred over carbonated water, and should be served to your dog on a regular basis. Carbonated water should merely be a fun, extra special something, served in moderation. But, if you want to give a little bit of sparkling water to your dog, it will probably not hurt him.
Are there any concerns with giving a dog sparkling water?
Yes, although not a toxic substance for dogs, sparkling water is carbonated. There is a concern that the carbonation from the bubbly water could lead to risk of bloat in dogs, if given in large amounts. Do not serve your dog a large amount of sparkling water in his water bowl. This will minimize the risk of bloat and other potential gastro-intestinal complications like upset stomach, gas, or diarrhea.
What type of water should a dog drink?
No matter how badly you want to give your dog bubbly water on the regular, your dog really should be drinking fresh, filtered water for his everyday enjoyment. While tap water is safe to drink in most parts of the US, in some areas it can have contaminants, parasites, and toxins, which can lead to health problems in dogs. Filtered water, on the other hand, is a healthy and cost-effective way to get your dog the fresh water he needs.
How much water should your dog drink?
In order for your frolicking, fun little guy to function at his best, your dog needs one ounce of fresh water per pound of body weight, every day. Just like humans, dogs require lots of water to stay healthy and happy. Keep in mind that on a hot day or after a particularly strenuous walk, the amount of water that your dog should drink will increase, so it is important to make sure your dog is drinking enough throughout the day so that he stays hydrated. Be sure that your dog gets all of the fresh water he needs before treating him to a few laps of the sparkly stuff.
Dogs can drink sparkling water, but only in very small amounts. Even if you personally guzzle sparkling water religiously, you shouldn't expect the same out of your dog. Your dog will be very happy and healthy if you keep filling up his water bowl with fresh, still water.
It is extremely important that you keep your dog hydrated with un-carbonated, fresh water in his water bowl on a regular basis. Do not replace a dog's regular drinking water with carbonated water. There is a risk for bloat when a dog drinks sparkling water, and because of this, you will only want to serve it to your dog in small amounts as a special treat.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.