If you’re the owner of a dog, it may come as a surprise to see your little fur baby taking a swig of water from the toilet. While it might not be an everyday occurrence, it is somewhat alarming — mainly if they’ve never exerted this normal behavior before. However, if you notice that your dog is doing this more often than they should, then it may be a cause for concern — here’s why:
It Could be Dangerous.
While you may clean your toilet on a weekly basis, it can be rather dangerous for your pooch to drink out of it if you use chemical cleaning tablets that linger around for quite some time. You know what we’re talking about: those blue toilet tablets that turn the water blue to keep it clean and fresh. If your canine happens to get a swig of that water, it could be rather detrimental to their health and overall well-being.
Why Do They Drink from the Toilet?
The moment you’ve been waiting for: why does my dog want to drink water from the toilet? According to the American Kennel Club, pooches are inclined to quench their thirst from this “indoor fountain” because it happens to be cooler and fresher than their water bowl on the floor. Another reason why your dog might drink from the toilet is that they might be out of water and are looking for another source to hydrate.
How to Prevent this from Happening
If you’re looking to stop your pooch from drinking water out of the toilet, then there are a few ways to do it with ease. The first is to keep the lid closed on the toilet — but if your pooch has mastered the art of opening it up, then you might want to keep the bathroom door closed at all times.
Another way to keep them out of the bowl is to make sure that their “drinkware” is filled at all times. Now, if their drinking bowl isn’t empty, but the water has been there for quite some time, it’s best to empty it out and refill it with fresh, cool water!
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