Dogs and Toilets: Why Do Dogs Drink from Toilets
“Is drinking toilet water harmful?”
What is it about dogs and our love affair with drinking from the toilet? Well as a connoisseur of the finer amenities that life has to offer, Le Porcelain Fountain is a natural source of fresh, cool, water. And since Perrier isn’t always handy (screw caps are an annoyance) it’s the next best option!
Look at it from my point of view, I can either garner a sip of room temperature water served up in a plastic or metal bowl, hopefully with no scum ring around the edge, or I can devour the cool fresh water in the toilet bowl. And since it is constantly refreshed and renewed it’s like drinking from a cold mountain spring! Ah! No plastic or metal after taste to cling to my delicate palate.
You might ask, “Is drinking toilet water harmful?” Well, dogs have the natural instinct to choose the cleanest, freshest water from the most readily available sources. I don’t know any of my buddies who have accidently drank fouled toilet water (if you know what I mean). Our sensitive noses alerts us to water contaminates that might not have cleared after the last flush.
However there are some risk factors involved if your dog prefers to drink toilet water. Toilet bowl cleaners can contain hydrochloric acid, a corrosive when ingested that can cause harm to the stomach and esophagus. When directly inhaled they can cause irritation of the eyes, lungs and nose. Also popular are the “blue” automatic toilet cleaners, they can be potentially fatal but can also cause diarrhea and stomach ulcers.
So owners…….be good to your buddy and keep the lid down or close the bathroom door if your pets attraction to the porcelain magic water bowl totally turns you off. And be mindful of all chemicals used around the house! Your pet will thank you and we will salute you for keeping them safe! CHEERS!
Want more fun reading about why dogs do what they do? May we suggest:
“Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet?: 101 of the Most Perplexing Questions Answered About Canine Conundrums, Medical Mysteries and Befuddling Behaviors”, by Dr. Marty Becker, D.V.M.