8 Best Dog Water Fountains | March 2017
- comes with 5 interchangeable spout rings
- customizable water flow
- rubber feet prevent sliding
- polymer-carbon filter cartridge
- extra long 10' power cord
- very well reviewed item
- dishwasher safe components
- ultra quiet pump won't disturb people
- great for cats too
- plastic lock-in reservoir
- very low price point
- choose from 3 size options
- fill level indicator prevents overflows
- dual gallon reservoirs plus large bowl
- high sides reduce splashes and spills
As Alike As Cats and Dogs
Just moments ago, you watched the video: A drinking dog's tongue extends in a long muscular action, curling under, scooping a mini-bucket of cool, clean H2O and retracting it back to the dog's mouth. The ultra-slo-mo is compelling and fascinating. The dog is gorgeous. The water tank is pristine. Everything looks so crystal clear.
Then you see the cat version. The cat's sandpaper tongue curls forward as it takes a delicate lick, and, as the tongue retracts back toward the mouth, the milk clings along for the ride, creating a white column that stretches between the bottom of the tongue and the surface of the liquid like mozzarella on a hot pizza. Then the cat closes its mouth around the column and eats it. Then it laps up another one. And another one.
But wait. Do our eyes deceive us? Do dogs do it backward while cats do it forward and that's that? As different as cats and dogs? End of discussion?
Um. Echem. No. Because scientists are as curious as cats. So that is not the end of the discussion. In fact, smart sciency-types continued to put their considerable brain power behind solving this debate, and they've come to a shocking consensus: dogs and cats do exactly the same thing. (GASP!) Your eyes do deceive you.
You see, the first slow motion experiments to determine how dogs drink and how cats drink were apples and oranges. It took a few minutes for scientists to realize that perhaps they weren't seeing the whole picture of how that Alsatian dog was drinking, even though the picture looks pristine.
Have you deduced the trouble with comparing the two animals in these experiments? I'll give you a hint: the dog was drinking water; the cat was drinking milk. At least one brainiac posited that the opaque nature of the milk allows for a much better view of what's actually going on here.
Said brainiac is Harvard University scientist and professor Afred Crompton. He saw the flaw in the comparison right way. He set out to debunk the MIT guys' theory. (Nothing like a little friendly academic competition). So he got together with a colleague, and they went all crazy using high-speed video and x-ray images to watch a dog drink a barium milk broth. (I know, sounds disgusting. But dogs will drink anything). If you've ever had to drink a barium liquid as part of diagnosing a digestion-related problem, you know that it shows up real nice on an x-ray.
So this crazy idea actually worked, PLUS it gave scientists a whole new perspective on not only how dogs get the water from the bowl to the mouth, but also how they get it all the way to their throat. Revolutionary. If you want to know more about all that, click here.
In fact, this experiment even revealed why dogs make a bigger mess drinking than cats! (I won't keep you in suspense: it's because they dip their tongues deeper into the water than cats). I freaking love science!
How to Properly Hydrate Your Dog
Warning: If your dog has psychogenic polydipsia he can get hyponatremia. What I mean by that is, if your dog has a compulsive desire to drink too much water he's going to wash all the sodium out of his bloodstream, commonly thought of as water intoxication.
Not enough water, of course, can lead to dehydration.
Your dog's health depends on water, every bit as much as your own health does. He is, after all, 80% water, just like you. In that pursuit, vets have come up with a measure of how much water your dog should consume daily. It ranges between ½- and one-ounce of water per pound of body weight per day.
So, say you have a Chihuahua named Andre who weighs 4.3 pounds. You want to make sure Andre is drinking more than 2-ounces but less than 5-ounces every day. About a half a cup in all.
A Great Dane named Napoleon who checks in at 180 pounds? 90 to 180-ounces per day, or about one gallon will do it.
Vets actually do recommend the very thing you're shopping for right now, a dog water fountain, to help encourage your best friend to drink enough. So you are already on the right track.
But a little more reading on the topic wouldn't hurt. Good human.
Where to Find the Best Quality Tap Water
Maybe you plan to fill your new dog water fountain with tap water. Most of the fountains have filters; but still, as you've read already in this info-packed essay, you want your dog to have the same quality water as you.
If you want to start with the best possible tap water for both you and your dog, you need to go where the water is good.
Huffingtonpost.com has a top-ten list of pristine tap water cities in America, and I for one believe it. So without further ado:
- New York City, of course
- Stevens Point, WI, (where?)
- Chicago, IL, no surprise
- Denver, CO, and that's not the only thing that's good in Denver, wink, wink
- Manchester, NH
- Fort Collins, CO, bravo, Colorado, for making the list in two different cities!
- Greenville, SC
- Silverdale, WA, thanks to an aquifer.
- Oklahoma City, who knew?!
- Louisville, KY
You can check this out to see more details.
Your city didn't make the list? Go here for info on the taps in your town.