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Is Alkaline Water Good For Dogs: What Canine Experts Say (2024)

Benefits of alkaline water for your dog

We know that alkaline water can be good for humans, but is it true for your pet dog too? Is alkaline water good for dogs? 

Here’s what the canine experts say: Alkaline water is safe and beneficial for dogs as it can help your furry friend drink more water and improve its metabolism and energy levels.

But, there are some cases when alkaline water may not be good for your dog. 

Continue reading as I answer all the benefits and risks of giving alkaline water to your pet dog, according to the latest research studies.

Alkaline Water For Dogs: Benefits Revealed 

Benefits Reason Scientific research?
Better hydration (they drink more water)Alkaline water gets readily absorbed by body tissues due to its smaller molecules. Yes (Read Here)
Improves digestion, and metabolism Alkaline water improves the stomach’s pH, thus helping in digesting food and enhancing the dog’s metabolism Dogs’ digestive and body structures are similar to humans. And alkaline is proven to improve digestion and metabolism in humans (1) (2)
Improves hair and fur Alkaline water fights microbial growth (that usually leads to alopecia)Not present 
Improves dog’s respiratory system Alkaline water clears the airways, thereby improving the breathing Not present 
Improves joints The calcium content in alkaline water maintains healthy cartilage and joint function. It also maintains good bones and prevents arthritis in dogs by lubricating jointsNot present 

Better Hydration (They Drink More Water)

Increased hydration

Alkaline water has many health benefits. This water causes chemical changes deep inside your pets’ bodies, resulting in better absorption, thus keeping your furry friends energetic and active for long. Tap water, distilled water, etc., can give hydration to your pets, but alkaline water gives your pets long-lasting hydration. 

Two Reasons Support This:

  • Alkaline water molecules have smaller molecular formations as compared to normal drinking water. So, your dog’s body absorbs these molecules very easily.
  • The minerals in alkaline water improve circulation in your dog’s body, thus assisting its body in doing its job. 

Whether Scientific Research Backing It Up? 

Yes, scientific research on soccer players supports that using ionized alkaline water for hemodialysis works significantly compared to conventional reverse osmosis treated water

Testimonials By Pet Parents:

Watch This Video

You will see that the dog in this video prefers to drink Kangen (alkaline) water instead of normal water. 

Also Read: Is Alkaline Water Good For Pregnant Women?

Improves Digestion And Metabolism:

Is your canine friend suffering from an upset stomach? Why worry! Research says that making your pets drink alkaline water will relieve their stomach, resulting in improved digestion and enhanced metabolism. It’s a cost-effective way of keeping dogs healthy.  


Studies suggest that, since alkaline water is high pH water, it safely raises your dog’s stomach’s pH level, thereby relieving it from chronic diarrhea, acid indigestion, constipation, and other issues. It ensures your doggy’s good health. 

Whether Scientific Research Backing It Up?

Yes, scientific research has backed that a dog’s digestive structure or body structure is just like humans. Alkaline water is very helpful in improving human digestion, better nutrient absorption, and metabolism. Besides, researchers have claimed that alkaline water has also improved stool quality. 

Testimonial For Pet Parents:

Watch this video, and you will understand how alkaline water can save your dog from stomach upsets. 

Also Read: How Long Does It Take For Humans To Pee After Drinking Water?

Improves Hair And Fur: 

Expert says that alkaline water or alkaline dog drinks help improves your dog’s hair and fur by flushing out free but harmful radicals from its body. It saves your dog from hair loss. 


Alkaline water is known to cure alopecia. It treats hair loss of your dog by combatting the growth of microbes within its body. Besides, reducing the stripping of the acidic sebum through alkaline water assists in fighting your dog’s hair loss.

Whether Scientific Research is Backing It Up?

No, no scientific evidence is present to back it up.

Testimonial For Pet Parents:

I managed to get this video for you. Watch this video to know alkaline water’s capability in treating your dog’s hair or fur. 

Improves Dog’s Respiratory System:

Today, respiratory problems and food allergies have become common problems in pets. These problems result from the high quantity of undue components (for example, corn, corn products, etc.) in pet food. 

Food allergies may further result in various skin-it fur-related issues, sugar highs, etc. Alkaline water comprises the capability to cure these problems.


Drinking alkaline water clears your dogs’ airways, so their breathing improves.

Whether Scientific Research is Backing It Up?

No, no scientific research done up til now backs it. However, it has been practically seen that alkaline water helps in respiratory problems or other problems related to pet allergies.  

Testimonial For Pet Parents:

Read the testimonials to understand how alkaline water improves your dog’s respiratory system. 

Also Read: How To Dechlorinate Tap Water 

Improves Joints: 

Elderly dogs often go through joint pains such as arthritis. However, I have probed and found that making your pet drink alkaline water can give relief from the condition. 


Alkaline water has high calcium content. This calcium penetrates deep into your dog’s body, thereby increasing the mobility of its joints. Besides, it also helps in shock and pain absorption.  

Whether Scientific Research Backing It Up?

No, no scientific research has, till now, proved that alkaline water improves dogs’ joints. However, various dog parents found alkaline water helpful in alleviating the joint pain of their dogs.   

Testimonial For Pet Parents:

Read the testimonials to understand alkaline water’s efficacy in curing dogs’ joint pain.

Besides all these benefits, specialists, based on certain tests, assert that ionized alkaline water helps the dogs by treating their renal failure ( kidney failure). It is claimed to improve the acid-based parameters in animals after their hemodialysis. Also, ionized alkaline water is a safe strategy that can be applied for metabolic acidosis management secondary to dialysis. 

However, this finding is debatable, and I’ll advise you to read my second point under the negative effects of alkaline water for better clarity.

Is Alkaline Water Bad For Dogs: Tips To Avoid Side-Effects

Alkaline water risks in dogs

If not given properly, alkaline water may cause pH disturbances, indigestion, calciuria, etc.

Here are some tips to give alkaline water to your pet dogs:

  • You should not provide alkaline water to nursing dogs as alkaline water increases calcium absorption in their body and causes calciuria problems (or the presence of calcium in the urine).
  • Don’t feed alkaline water while they are on the meal, as it may neutralize the gastric acid present in the stomach and cause indigestion.
  • It is advised not to give alkaline water one hour before and after medication, as it may dramatically increase your pet’s metabolism during medication. 
  • A high electrolyte balance in the body from alkaline water may make your dog hyperactive due to an imbalance in the nervous system. And therefore, you must monitor your dog’s alkaline water consumption.

Here’s The Verdict: Is Alkaline Water Good for Dogs?

Alkaline water is the best

Many studies have been conducted to determine the benefits of alkaline water on your pet’s health, showing that alkaline water can have health benefits. 

Alkaline water can help with such problems, but only natural alkaline or electrolyte water, not ionized water. Natural alkaline water has essential nutrients from nature’s porous rocks, eliminating your dog’s acidic waste and shooting up essential minerals. 

Electrolyte water contains nutrients like:

  • Calcium: supports their strong teeth, muscle building, and healthy heart and nervous system.  
  • Potassium: escalates energy and maintains pressure balance with sodium
  • Sodium: maintains blood pressure, nerves, and muscle cell function and increases water thirst.
  • Magnesium: develops bones, maintains nervous system functioning, etc.

On the other hand, ionized alkaline water sold by bottled water brands is often in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Does Alkaline Water Hurt Dogs: FAQs

What pH level of water should the dog drink? 

Dogs should not drink high alkaline water from the start. So, when you give alkaline water to your dogs, start with water having 8.5 to 9 pH. This healthy water will provide surplus energy to your dogs, boosting their metabolic system. 

What is the difference between alkaline water and regular water? 

Alkaline water’s pH level is 8-9, higher than regular drinking water’s 7 pH. For this reason, alkaline water can neutralize your body’s acid content, which normal filtered water cannot. The acidic water, on the other hand, has a lower pH level than the pH level of regular drinking water. 

Are dogs okay with cold water? 

Yes, dogs are okay with cold water. However, they should be given the same water in small amounts so they don’t get bloating in their stomach. If your dogs drink excessive cold water, you should allow them to rest for some hours to protect them from gastric volvulus

Can I give my dog human electrolytes? 

No, you should never give your dog electrolyte water or sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade, developed for humans. They are not safe for your dogs. However, you can give your furry animal Pedialyte by following its feeding instructions, as it is safe to drink. 

Can dogs drink coconut water?

Yes, you can feed your dog coconut water. Natural coconut water hydrates your dog and provides useful vitamins and other nutrients to its body.  

Can dogs drink Essentia Water?

Yes, dogs can drink Essentia Water safely as it complies with the requirements of the EPA. Also, the class action lawsuit against the bottled water brand was voluntarily dismissed in 2019 by New York Eastern District Court.

However, natural alkaline water is still the best because it contains several vital minerals that improve your dog’s health.

2 thoughts on “Is Alkaline Water Good For Dogs: What Canine Experts Say (2024)”

  1. I would like more clarification on one crucial point from this article regarding, “Don’t feed alkaline water while they are on the meal, as it may neutralize the gastric acid present in the stomach and cause indigestion.” So, are you suggesting only allowing alkaline water for my dog as a treat or only after physical activity? What would be the point of alkaline water for dogs if I would have to swap out the water from her water bowl throughout the day?

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