Can Dogs Drink Seltzer Water?

Seltzer water gives a refreshing and tingling taste that we enjoy especially on those hot sunny days.

Your dog might be curious about this new drink you have and would want to take a sip.

This will make you wonder whether it’s okay to let your furry friend drink seltzer water.

So, can dogs drink seltzer water?

Yes, but only in moderation.

The carbonation in seltzer water can cause an upset stomach in dogs; they may experience bloating, gas, or diarrhea.

Although seltzer water is calorie and sugar-free, you may consider giving your dog only as an addition to plain water, which should be the main drink in their diets.

This article will explain everything you need to know about seltzer water and your dog.

Read on for more information about this type of water and what you need to understand before giving it to your pet.

Can Dogs Drink Seltzer Water

Importance of water for your dog

Water is essential for all dogs and puppies, regardless of age or breed.

Adult dogs should drink about one ounce of water per pound of body weight daily.

Puppies and nursing mothers need even more water.

Water is important for:

  • Hydration –  Every cell, tissue, and organ in your dog’s body needs water to function properly.
  • Digestion – Water aids in the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. It helps prevent constipation, making the stool softer and easier to pass.
  • Regulating body temperature – Dogs sweat through their paw pads and release heat by panting. Water helps keep your dog’s body temperature regulated.
  • Flushing toxins from the body – Water helps flush bacteria and other toxins from the kidneys and liver.
  • Lubricating joints – Water helps keep your pup’s joints lubricated and prevents arthritis.
  • Preventing kidney stones – A lack of water can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

Is Seltzer water good for my dog?

When you give your dog seltzer water sparingly, it provides them with the benefits of ideal (plain) water.

This carbonated water may contain additional minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium which offer added advantages to your pup, such as:

  • Building strong bones and teeth – calcium
  • Regulating blood pressure – potassium
  • Maintaining proper heart function –  magnesium
  • Reducing fatigue – sodium

Always offer plain water as well when giving seltzer water to your dog.

Plain water provides your dog with more quality as seltzer has carbonation, which can make your dog sick if they consume large amounts.

Seltzer water may be flavored with fruit juice and other ingredients.

Don’t give your dog seltzer water with added ingredients as the additional flavorings are not suitable for your dog.

Sugar will cause a rapid rise in your dog’s blood sugar, whereas flavorings like xylitol are poisonous to your pet.

Can my dog drink flavored-carbonated water?

Dogs can drink colored, flavored carbonated water in moderation.

However, it’s best to avoid flavored seltzer water as it may contain harmful ingredients like sugar and xylitol.

Always provide your dog plain water alongside any carbonated water to ensure they stay hydrated.

Can I give my dog soda?

You can offer your dog soda, but only in moderation.

It’s not a good idea for dogs to drink soda.

Soda is carbonated and may cause an upset stomach in dogs, much like sparkling water.

Soda also has sugar, which might be detrimental to your dog’s health if taken in substantial amounts.

Too much sugar causes weight gain, diabetes, and other health problems in dogs.

After a while, drinking too much soda can cause dehydration in your dog.

Soda can also induce caffeine toxicity.

Vomiting, diarrhea, and gas in the dog’s stomach (flatulence) are all possible gastrointestinal tract problems caused by soda.

You better offer your dog plain water or seltzer water (plain seltzer) instead of soda.

Which type of water can I give my dog?

The best water to give your dog is plain, clean water.

This will ensure they stay hydrated and avoid any stomach upset caused by carbonation or sugar.

If you’re concerned about tap water quality, you can opt for filtered or bottled water.

Offering your dog seltzer water is a great way to add some variety to their water bowl and give them the added benefits of minerals.

However, as you do this, offer plain water and keep an eye on how much carbonation they’re drinking to avoid stomach upset.

Rainwater is also a great option for your dog.

It’s free of chlorine and other chemicals that might be found in tap water.

However, rainwater can contain bacteria, so it’s important to ensure it’s clean before giving it to your dog.

If unsure, you can boil the rainwater before providing your pup to kill any potential bacteria.

Don’t allow your dog to drink rainwater that has collected and settled on the ground.

This may subject them to harmful bacteria, pesticides, and other toxins that will cause them health hazards.

Chlorinated water is safe for your dog to drink.

However, some dogs may be sensitive to the chemicals in chlorinated water and develop stomach upset or skin irritation.

If you notice your dog having adverse reactions after drinking chlorinated water, switch to filtered or bottled water instead.

Allergies of dogs to chlorine include symptoms such as skin irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Desalinated water is also safe for your dog to drink.

This type of water has salt removed and is typically found in coastal areas.

However, desalinated water can contain high levels of minerals that might not be good for your dog’s health if consumed in large amounts.

If unsure, speak to your veterinarian about the best type of water for your dog to drink.

Can I mix seltzer water with plain or rainwater before giving my dog? 

You can mix seltzer water with plain or rainwater before offering your pup.

Ensure the water you’re giving your dog is clean, bacteria-free, and free of other “undesired” substances.

To avoid poisoning your dog, you must first purify the rainwater.

You must also only give your dog this mixture moderately and let the majority of their fluid intake be clean plain water.

The Bottom Line

In small amounts, your dog can drink seltzer or carbonated water.

This should only be a few sips or about 10% of their water intake.

Carbonated water in excessive quantities could cause your dog to have stomach upsets.

Avoid giving your dog flavored seltzer water as this may contain elements such as sugar and xylitol which is toxic to them.

Always put out plain water for your dog alongside carbonated water to keep them hydrated and consult your veterinarian whenever you want to add other beverages to their diet.

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