Did you know that water should make up 60-70% of an adult animal’s body weight?
But pets are people who drink a lot and miss out on a bowl of water. They can leave more water on the bottom than they end up in their mouth.
It takes a lot of observation to see if your pet is trying to tell you something about its health, so you should learn to read the signs …
In the meantime, an animal drinking fountain can be a great way to keep yourself hydrated. They are drawn to flowing water … and springs, compared to still (and standing) water containers, contain small bacteria that can cause serious health problems for your pets.
Besides, they can be a great addition to your home, which you can enjoy for yourself and your pets …
Simple steps to make a source of animal drink
Wet animal feed accounts for 78% of water, and excess dry food provides only about 10% of the animal’s water consumption. You should be making enough clean and fresh water according to your pet’s next diet.
Keep in mind, they may be trying to tell you something if they completely avoid the water container … or take it out more often than usual.
Here’s an easy way to make your own pet source …
1. Choose your ship.
This could be a ceramic bowl decorated on a small base, or a glass fishbowl or tank. Make sure you choose a vessel between 1.5-5 liters – depending on the size of your pet – that doesn’t matter.
It should be easy to clean in your sink or dishwasher. Do not use plastic of any kind. Make sure when using ceramic that food is guaranteed food.
Something that is not very tippy will prevent spills and damage to your container or floor! As you know, some puppies like to put their paws in action …
2. Buy a fish tank pump with a filter.
Make sure the pump is able to handle the volume of your tank or container.
It’s best to tell the store why you’re buying a pump … you want the source effect from the top of the container and create the sounds and sounds of the stream.
You will also want to be able to adjust the flow of water in the event that it is too strong or too weak for your vessel and the amount of water.
3. Use stones, glass beads or a piece of bull to stop the pump.
Filling your vessel with decorative stones or glass beads from an art or dollar store will allow the debris to settle on the bottom of the container.
Put it where your dog will not be able to reach any of them, and will keep the filter high.
Also, beads and fastener should not be painful. You want something smooth and easy to clean.
4. Install your pump on the riser main.
Whenever you mix electricity with water, it is wise to take action.
Leave the loop facing down the rope between the wall plug and the spring and make sure that if the water spills it will not thrive or immerse the climber.
You don’t want the pump to be reached, or give your pet an unacceptable zap in the nose or tongue! How determined do you think they are to drink water after an injury? Not so much.
Remember that hygiene is important in your pet’s drinking source
We cannot stress this enough.
There are germs in your pet’s mouth that do not harm us naturally … but if it gets into its water source and has the potential to grow, it can make your pet very sick. It can also cause fatal illness.
You should practice good hygiene in all toys and utensils that your pet encounters on a regular basis. This includes their meal – even if they have dry food. Bacteria in their saliva can transfer to their food container and grow in the right light and temperature if they are not properly cleaned.
I hear a lot of people making fun of their dog for having an “iron gut” … but there are some bacteria that can do a lot of harm if you don’t look at them. And they may feel unwell and may not be able to contact you for reasons why …
Biofilm in a container of water is easy to handle. Be sure to clean the animal’s well every three days.
Change the filter and O-ring according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Remove all stones, glass beads, or anything else you put in a decorative fountain or pump support.
Wash all parts with a non-toxic soap solution. For heavy biofilm residues, scrub the sides of the vessel with baking soda paste, rinse thoroughly and wash with warm water and mild soap.
Be sure to wash the rest of the soap in half.
Dogs and cats and many other pets like to have access to running water. Pet resources can be priced, but you can build your own for a fraction of the cost.
Just make sure your pump is strong enough for the size of your pet and its water container, and that all parts can be thoroughly cleaned.
Also, if any pets start behaving differently around a bowl of water or a meal, make sure you listen to them carefully … they may be trying to tell you they are unhealthy.