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Hey all,

Our 7 year old lab seems to seek out "other sources" of drinking water, ie. the creek or standing pockets of rain water instead of the water in her dish. She will drink the water in the dish, but it sure seems like she drinks far more from the other sources. Tried other dishes, no change. Am wondering if it has something to do with the water itself. The water is coming from a new ground well. We drink the water daily, tastes and smells ok to us, but could there be something in the water that the dog doesn't like? I'm going to try bottled/distilled water and see what she thinks.

The other reason I ask this question is because she was recently diagnosed with renal kidney failure and I wondered if there could be a connection between that and the "well water" she is drinking. Seems odd that our last cat we had, had the same exact thing going on, kidney failure and always seeking out "other water sources".

Thanks, Mike.
 

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One of my dogs likes to drink water from plant dishes under the outdoor plants, so I try to keep them empty. Their outdoor water dish is always filled with clean water.
I suggest you pay for a water test. Shop around, because what they test for and the rates of various companies vary widely. Check out the company reputation also. My own thoughts after Detroit are not to trust the water tests done by your local government (and since you have your own well they may not have reason to test your water anyway).
If you have two critters that independently got a diagnosis of renal failure, you might start drinking bottled water until you get the results back.
 

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As far as I know well water doesn't cause health problems. I personally have well water and ive never had an issue with any of my dogs. I think as with most water if there's going to be an issues its probably because something ended up in the water. I think it could be preference, or it could possibly have to do with her kidney failure (sorry to hear that). I don't know how or even if, but maybe the mineral content (either or both amount or type) "bothers" her or possibly her kidneys. You could even do one of those water tests to see what you have in your water (minerals ect) and ask your vet if any of these might have a slight effect on her condition. Or try a softer water and see what she thinks.
 

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I would highly doubt it. Dogs are tough and can handle water that we can't, so if humans are drinking it with no issues, I'd never believe it would make a dog sick. I let my dogs drink from creeks and rivers so long as they're not gross, and they've always been fine.
 
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