Can Dogs Drink Hose Water? (The Risks!)

No, dogs shouldn’t drink hose water.

Hose water can consist of a combination of chlorine, fluoride, soap residue, and rust from the hose. All of these things are bad for your dog’s health.

Chlorine is used to kill bacteria in tap water but can be harmful to animals as well as people if not properly filtered out.

Fluoride is added to tap water to help prevent tooth decay in people, but studies have shown that it can cause dental and skeletal fluorosis in dogs, which weakens their bones.

Soap residue has been known to irritate a dog’s gastrointestinal tract and also cause diarrhea.

Finally, rust builds up on the insides of a hose with use and can cause anemia in dogs, as it is very similar to the hemoglobin found in red blood cells.

If you are using a hose to fill up your dog’s water bowl, make sure that the gunk has been taken out by letting the water run for a few minutes before filling up your dog’s bowl.

If you are unsure if your hose is clean, it might be best to use a different source of water for your dog.