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Why Does My Dog Drink Toilet Water?

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
4 years ago

 

Dogs are scavengers and naturally search out food and water. Their ancestors were scavengers and that particular trait continues to be exhibited in our modern day dogs. Have you noticed your dog interested in the garbage? Sniffing the food you’re cooking? Finding food in random places your children may have dropped? This is part of their scavenging.

The toilet bowl is no different.

A toilet sitting with its lid open

If your dog is thirsty and the toilet bowl is available, he will enjoy a drink from the toilet. Even if there is a bowl of water in another room, he still prefers the toilet bowl water.

Why does my dog prefer the toilet to his water bowl?

The toilet bowl water is actually often more sanitary than their regular bowl of water. The toilet bowl water is continuously replenished and often a fresh, cold water source. Your dog prefers cold water, just as we do, to normal room temperature water which would be found in their water bowl.

Water from a plastic or metal bowl can also taste like the bowl it is in. So, your dog is essentially choosing clean, flowing water over stagnant, room-temperature water.

Drinking from the toilet bowl is often a concern for pet parents due to the fact that we use chemicals to clean the toilet bowl. If you are using natural, organic cleaning materials, the toilet bowl should not harm him in any way.

How do I prevent my dog from drinking out of the toilet?

Drinking from the toilet bowl is often a concern for pet parents due to the fact that we use chemicals to clean the toilet bowl. If you are using natural, organic cleaning materials, the toilet bowl should not harm him in any way.

Well, the only true way to keep your dog out of the toilet is to make it inaccessible. If you do not feel comfortable with your dog drinking from the toilet for any reason, keep the bathroom door closed or close the toilet bowl.

 
Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

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