Boil Your Pet's Water, Doctor's Orders


POSTED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 5:21pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 6:45pm

With El Paso still under a boil order, a local vet says boiling your pet's water isn't a bad idea either.

Dr. Roger Freund says dogs are more adapted to dirty water than cats are, but that doesn't mean the water couldn't make them sick.

He says it's safer just to give your pet bottled water or boil it under the city's recommendations.

"Safe play is to boil the water, but we have to understand that dogs and cats are animals that live in the wild so to speak. They can drink contaminated water or drink out of the river, drink out of mud puddles, drink out of the water in the driveways and really wont get very sick," Dr. Freund said.

If your pet does get sick it will likely throw up or get diarrhea. 

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