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Friday, November 27, 2020

Is Alkaline water safe for dogs?

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Q.I am a nutritionist working in a health and wellness centre. I’ve been asked by several pet owners if alkaline water is the same for dogs. Do they need it, or will it affect them to drink water that has been alkalized?

 

A.I’ve pondered this myself for many years. As big a proponent as I am of alkalizing for humans, dogs and cats are carnivores and meat-eating is basically acid-forming. Also, when animals experience chronic illness like arthritis and cancer, a blood enzyme they have, referred to as alkaline phosphatase, commonly elevates, possibly indicating a too alkaline state. With this said, I have had many clients over the years use water for their animals they claim is alkaline, and feel it is beneficial.