I was just wondering if well water can hurt or give dogs bladder infections? We just moved here the end of November and we give Lucy water from the faucet that does not have a purifier on it. Should we give her bottled water?? We didn’t know if she is urinating more because of the water or her tail problem. I know you’re not a vet but I trust all of your input. We have just bought her Precise weight management dry dog food. She seems to like it.
Talk to you soon,
I think if the well water is ok for you to drink it’s fine for her. If you filter it, then give her filtered as well. Bladder infections don’t usually come from water. Bad water may have parasites and bacteria which would cause problems for you as well as her. And bacteria is what usually causes a urinary tract infection.
It’s possible that her tail infection has caused a urinary infection. A UTI starts with bacteria on the outside of the urethra that proliferates and then moves up the urethra to the bladder. And it could be the same type of bacteria in the tail infection.
You might want to try adding a tablespoon of natural apple cider vinegar to her water bowl (Braggs makes one). This will help change the ph balance of acid in her system and can help suppress some of these bacteria. Give her fresh water daily in a ceramic, glass or stainless bowl (no plastic).
Did your vet check her for a urinary tract infection?
Signs of urinary tract infection are not always obvious but include increased drinking of water, and frequent urination often with little urine produced. It’s best to test with a urine sample – you might want to have it checked just for peace of mind. Since he’s seen her recently your vet may let you bring in a sample.
When our bulldogs get one infection, it takes a toll on the immune system and a suppressed immune system can lead to other opportunistic infections. Keep her calm and safe. It may sound strange but dogs can pick up our energy and she can tell if you are upset so try to treat her as if everything is normal.
Keep me posted.
your bulldog pal,