There’s no question that dogs are wonderful, and as much as we love them, most of us are also keenly aware that they’re pretty gross. There’s almost nothing they won’t eat, sniff, or lick, regardless of how unsavory or unsanitary it may be – that includes water from the toilet. Because so many pet owners are understandably concerned when their dog drinks toilet water, we’ve decided to do a little digging and help our loyal readers figure out what to do about this unseemly behavior.
Fresh Tastes Best
The most likely reason your dog drinks toilet water is because it’s the freshest way to quench his or her thirst. Animals in the wild know that a running creek or spring is a healthier choice than a stagnant puddle or pond. The sound of water moving through your toilet and pipes may trigger a dog’s instincts as a fresh and safe source of hydration.
To increase the freshness factor of your dog’s regular water, be sure to empty out the bowl, rinse, and refill with fresh water at least once per day (more if possible). Some dog owners have great success with a circulating pet fountain, which keeps the water filtered and clean all day long.