My Dog Drank Bad Water What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 11/21/21 •  3 min read
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Dogs are known for eating and drinking things they shouldn’t! Then it comes as no surprise to most pet parents when their dog decides to drink some bad water. This could happen on a walk through the woods or even just walking down the street. It’s a fact that bad water can be just about anywhere. But what can happen if a dog drinks bad water?

Has your dog drunk bad water? Are you worried the bad water might make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog drinks something like this. So, we’ve put together some information to help you and your dog in this situation.

In this article, we’ll take a look at bad water and whether or not it can make your dog sick. We’ll also share information on what you can do to help your dog after he drinks bad water. Let’s get started!

What is Bad Water?

Bad water is any water that shows signs of contamination. It can also be water that’s been standing for some time. You may notice that the water has little swimming insects in it. However, the water may also be cloudy, contain sediments, have a strange color (such as orange or brown), or even have an oily film on top.

Why would a dog drink bad water? Some dogs are not very discerning when it comes to food and water. There are dogs who don’t hesitate to eat a dead thing, get in the trash and eat very old leftovers, and more. The same applies to water.

A dog may be out hiking or running, for instance, and be hot and thirsty. In that case, if he sees some water nearby, he may not hesitate to quench his thirst with that water. He doesn’t realize the water is bad. He only wants to slake his thirst. But this can be dangerous.

That’s because bad water may contain chemicals, dirt, algae, parasites, and other things that can make a dog sick. This can even include a disease called leptospirosis, which is a bacterial infection. This is a disease that’s usually caught from drinking standing water.

What to Do If Your Dog Drinks Bad Water

If your dog happens to drink bad water and becomes sick, then do call the vet. Don’t wait to see if your fur baby will feel better. Some conditions can worsen over time and even become life-threatening. This is true even after drinking bad water.

Your vet will have the best advice and guidance on how to help your dog. When talking with the vet, be sure to share information about how long ago your dog drank the water. And let the vet know all the symptoms your dog is showing. This will help the vet to determine how to proceed to help your dog.


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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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