Pros And Cons Of Continuous Water Fountains For Pets

Shellie Sutera
by Shellie Sutera
Should you be letting your pet’s water free flow? Is the traditional water bowl passé? Let’s talk about the pros and cons of continuous water for pets.

Continuous water fountains for pets are all the rage right now. They’re stylish, convenient and provide your dog with access to fresh water at any time. The fountains recirculate filtered water on a continuous basis. As with any pet product, there are pros and cons with these types of hydration systems. Any dog will benefit from having access to fresh water, but it’s your choice as a pet parent how to provide it to him. Take a look at both sides before you make a purchase:


  • Fresh water supply at all times
  • Convenient
  • Lessens worry that your dog ran out of water while you are away from home
  • Filters impurities from the water
  • Your dog is encouraged to drink more since it seems like a toy
  • Easy to clean
  • Some models have upper and lower dish options for multiple dog use


  • Cost
  • Filters can become clogged due to excessive dog saliva
  • Most can only be used indoors

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There are more pros than cons when it comes to continuous pet water fountains, but cost may be a deciding factor for many pet parents. As long as you change the filter and keep it clean it will remain durable and beneficial to your dog’s health. It is an excellent way to encourage dogs that don’t drink enough water to increase their intake. Moving water is captivating to most dogs and encourages playfulness. Have you ever seen a dog playing and drinking from the sprinklers? While he won’t try to run through the continuous water fountain (paws crossed), it’s still enticing to your dog.

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Where to Place the Fountain

Whether water is in a dog bowl or fountain there will be some type of splashing going on. Place the fountain on a hard surface floor that is easy to clean and will not become damaged from exposure to water. You can also place the fountain on a food placemat to protect your flooring. Avoid placing the fountain in high traffic areas in your home to prevent slip and fall accidents from water spillage due to your dog’s use of the fountain.

Enjoy the Décor

For years water fountains ranging from small to large, have been a popular decorative item in many homes. While these water fountains were only for decorative purposes, dog fountains are both useful and presentable. Depending on the style or type of dog fountain you choose, it can actually add a splash of color or design to your décor. There is a wide variety of colors, styles and sizes in ceramic, plastic and stainless steel for you to choose from.

While the cost may be more than you expected, think of the benefits you and your dog that come along with dog fountain. For you, it is easy to clean, convenient, decorative and allows you to provide your dog with fresh water 24 hours a day. Your dog receives benefits such as the encouragement to stay hydrated, a captivating toy to drink from and convenience. Keeping your dog hydrated is essential to his or her health and well being. A dog water fountain will help keep your dog hydrated and have a positive impact on his or her health.

Shellie Sutera is a freelance writer from sunny Miami, Florida. When she’s not secretly smuggling her adorable dog Hercules into the local beaches for sun and surf, she’s a passionate writer that specializes in writing about dogs and all of their unique quirks. She spends her free time cooking Italian food, raft boating, volunteering and traveling to dog-friendly destinations.

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