Pets must have a constant supply of clean drinking water. Below are some tips for managing the water you give to your pets.
- Dogs and cats: Make sure your dogs and cats have access to a large bowl of clean water, one with a heavy base so it can't be knocked over. In summer, try to keep the bowl in the shade to keep the water cool. Keep their water bowl clean. It can grow mould and turn into a mosquito breeding ground if the water is not changed often.
- Birds: Birds love to splash in water. Bowls in aviaries can become soiled rapidly. Try to replace the water in aviaries daily, and keep in a partially sealed feeder.
- Guinea pigs and rabbits: Consider giving guinea pigs and rabbits a drip-feed water bottle. That way the water will stay clean.
- Aquarium pets: Our water treatment process uses chemicals. Some of these can be harmful to aquarium animals. Chloramination is a process used to treat drinking water. It uses a combination of chlorine and ammonia. This is toxic to fish at low levels. It should be removed before being used in aquariums or ponds. Visit this page to see if your suburb uses chloramination.
We will place advice in local media if chloramination is to take place. You need to take steps to remove chloramines from any water used to replenish aquariums. We recommend you contact your pet supplier for further information about how to do this.
Where can I get more advice?
Contact your local vet, the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League. All three will be able to provide expert advice.