Can Dogs Drink Carbonated Water?

can dogs drink carbonated water

Many people enjoy drinking carbonated water. However, it is not always the best choice for your dog. Most dogs can drink a small amount of carbonated water, but larger amounts can cause problems with their stomachs and bloat them in the process. Carbonated water contains more gas than non-carbonated beverages like tap or well water which causes an uncomfortable feeling for some dogs. For this reason, you should limit how much carbonated water your dog drinks to one cup per day at most.

Carbonated water could be given occasionally in moderation to your dog but you should still keep them hydrated with standard flat freshwater most of the time. Some people believe that dogs can drink carbonated water as long as they are still given fresh flat water, However, giving your dog carbonated water regularly could lead to painful bloating and an upset stomach. 

If you do give your dog a little bit of sparkling water occasionally but make sure you offer them plenty of fresh flat water most of the time to avoid potential health issues. 

Can Dogs Drink Carbonated Water?

You should avoid giving your dog sparkling water since it can sometimes contain additives such as citric acid and artificial flavorings and sweeteners. Citric acid can harm your dog’s dentals health and various additives can be toxic to dogs if consumed. If you believe your brand of sparkling water contains no harmful additives it’s best to give your dog a small taste to see if they have any adverse reactions. 

If all is well then you can consider giving some sparkling water to your dog on special occasions and in extreme moderation. Do not make sparkling water a staple in your dog’s diet. Always give your dog flat standard water the vast majority of the time.

If you notice any adverse effects in your dog after they consume sparkling water for any reason contact your veterinarian immediately.

Can Dogs Drink Sparkling Water?

How Much Water Does My Dog Need?

Like humans dogs need plenty of water to function properly and not suffer any adverse health effects such as dehydrations. Dogs need at least once ounce of water per pound of body weight every day. In other words, a twenty pound dog needs at least four ounces of water every day to remain healthy. Depending on your dogs level of activity and how hot it is outside they may need more water to avoid dehydration.

What Are the Risks of Carbonated Water For Dogs?

Carbonated water brands sometimes add various chemicals to their beverages to give them flavor, these acids could be erosive to the dog’s teeth. Canine dental health can be a concern in many breeds so it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for potentially harmful additives. 

Carbonated waters are infused with gas to make them bubbly and give them their iconic mouth feel. The carbonation in this water can give your dog some serious gas, if your dog struggles with burping or passing gas when eating foods like dairy products you should probably not give them carbonated water.

The gas in carbonated water also expands the dogs stomach, once the gas is released your dog may not feel satisfied and decide they are hungry. Just like in humans carbonated water consumption can lead to overeating because the released gas can free up space in the stomach giving you the sensation of being hungry.

Giving your dog carbonated water often could lead to them getting an increased appetite, and we all know dogs can eat more than they need to already. This overeating will lead to weight gain which can lead to a number of serious health issues such as higher blood pressure and diabetes. 

Avoid Flavored Waters and Sodas

Many flavored carbonated beverages such as colas and sparkling waters could contain flavorings and additives which could be very harmful to your dog. In particular, pay attention to Xylitol which is extremely toxic to dogs and often found in drinks that say “zero sugar” or “no sugar” as it is a sugar substitute.

The Benefits of Sparkling Water for Dogs

Carbonated beverages have been known to help with cases of upset stomachs in humans. Since your dog should stay away from any flavored beverages other than water a carbonated sparkling water in moderation may help them get over a stomach ache. Be sure to check the water for additives before giving it to your dog and always give it in moderation (see above).

Why is Normal Water The Best Choice For Dogs

It’s important for dogs to drink regular clean water as their main source of hydration. Tap water is not always safe to drink in all parts of the US as it may contain contaminants, parasites, and toxins depending on where you live. A filtered water bottle is a healthy way to provide your dog with fresh drinking water on the go.

Drinking water is essential to life, not just your dogs life but all life that we are currently aware of. In dogs like in most animals water helps regulate body temperature both internally (if drank cold) or externally if they get splashed by water. Dogs regulate temperature with their tongues and by sweating through the paws. Water is an essential factor in helping your dog properly regulate its body temperature. 

Drinking water also acts as a lubricant for your dogs insides. Water helps in the digestion process making sure all the food you feed your canine friend gets passed through their system cleanly and without issue. When your dog doesn’t get enough drinking water you may notice that they experience constipation which could be painful. 

Closing Thoughts

Although it may seem like a harmless thing to give your dog some carbonated sparkling water with their dinner, you should definitely think twice. Dogs are not humans and can not tolerate our food and drink in most cases. In the wild a dog would never be exposed to many of the things we consume on a daily basis, use this as your baseline when determining what food are safe to give your dog. Stick to natural clean foods and flat normal water. 

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The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. No material on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding dietary needs.

Resources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonated_water

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/bloat-in-dogs/

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