Give your Dog a Healthy Treat

Caring for a dog requires love, attention, patience and healthy doses of water. Yes: water, the very foundation of life and good health. And yet, we too often give our pets drinking water that threatens their safety and longevity. In fact, the physical ailments that confront most dogs – from arthritis to bone deterioration to chronic fatigue – bear a connection to poor quality drinking water. Identifying this challenge, and changing the water we give our dogs, is the most immediate and effective way to fix this problem. I write these words from experience because my own dog, the beautiful and resilient Molly, is a walking testament to the benefits of alkaline ionized water, as she continues to battle (for the last two and a half years) skin cancer.

For alkaline ionized water contains the necessary pH balance – the negative electrical charge – that exists in nature. This distinction between ordinary tap water and alkaline ionized water is crucial because, notwithstanding state and federal rules about the former, most tap water still contains a variety of harsh chemicals – including copper, lead, fluoride, arsenic and a host of other contaminants – that should raise concerns among all citizens.

Applying this same vigilance to the water we give our pets is just as important. Remember: dogs are more sensitive to a variety of foods and medications than humans, which means we should avoid giving our pets anything that may worsen an already bad situation.

One proposed alternative involves giving dogs a daily supply of bottled water, in lieu of tap water. The problem with this plan, aside from the astronomical cost of buying a ready supply of bottled water, is that bottled water lacks the antioxidants that protect people (and pets) from otherwise frequent illnesses. In fact, exotic images and slick marketing campaigns notwithstanding, bottled water is not synonymous with better health. On the contrary, there are numerous studies confirming the health hazards (from plastic, among other things) and environmental risks associated with bottled water.

The solution to this issue starts with alkaline ionized water. Compared to expensive bottled water or tested samples of tap water, where the pH levels may upset bone, tissue and nerve health, alkaline ionized water is the logical choice for people who want to safeguard their pets from harm. Which brings me back to my beloved Molly.

Molly’s battle with skin cancer is, at least from my perspective and careful study, a summons to use alkaline ionized water. I use the disinfecting acid water to clean her wound, and always make sure she has enough of the alkaline water to drink. Interestingly, when presented with two bowls of water (one with tap water, and the other with alkaline ionized water), Molly’s choice is clear: she wants the “good stuff.” According to Ronnie Ruiz, CEO of Chanson Water: “More than the taste, the smaller molecular size of alkaline water eases digestion and furthers hydration by penetrating cells more deeply.”

I notice a marked change, for the better, in Molly’s energy and playfulness, which I attribute to alkaline ionized water. It is also worth noting that veterinarians use a branded form of acid water to treat rashes, injuries and other skin-related afflictions for dogs. I produce my own acid water, with the ionizer I have at home, to disinfect Molly’s kennel, since I do not want to expose her or myself to potentially toxic chemicals.

As companions and friends, our dogs deserve proper care. By making a few easy changes, we can give these pets a renewed opportunity to be active and strong. Without indulging in false cures or expensive (but ineffective) treatments, we should consider the power of alkaline ionized water as part of this recovery and prevention program. At a minimum, our pets will enjoy the taste of the water, as will their owners. Seeing our pets enjoying themselves is a bonus we should all value.

By Nedalee Ruiz

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