Help! My Dog Drinks Toilet Water!

dogs drink toilet waterThere’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.

Elixir of Life

Another reason canines may prefer to lap from the latrine is because the porcelain keeps the water inside cooler than a plastic, glass, or stainless steel water bowl. Try keeping your dog’s drinking water cool by adding ice cubes or by switching to a porcelain bowl.

Peace and Quiet

Some dogs prefer the relative quiet and solitude of the bathroom, and with it’s easy access to drinking water, it just makes sense to hang out in there. Try moving your pup’s water bowl to a quiet, peaceful area of the home or put the water bowl in the bathroom (make sure to close the toilet lid first).

Safety First

If your dog drinks toilet water, you’re probably wondering if he or she could get sick. While there are some dangerous pathogens in our toilet bowls from time to time (E. coli and other bacteria), the biggest danger to your pet is from cleaning chemicals, especially the disks that attach to the bowl. You can reduce the risk to your pet by removing any automated toilet bowl cleaners inside your tank or bowl and by flushing a couple of times after each cleaning.

Prevent and Protect

Dogs most likely don’t understand what the toilet is for, but it probably wouldn’t stop them from drinking from it even if they did. Your best bet for keeping Prince out of the privy is to simply close the toilet lid or keep the bathroom door closed. Encourage other family members to do the same.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact your friends at AIMSS with any questions or concerns.