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I just heard about this and felt a bit worried. Is it true? Can water crystals forum in cats and dogs water bowls and them cause urinary diseases? Does this mean I should be cleaning my dogs water bowl out much more frequently? Anyone know anything about this?
 

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Dogs and cats should get fresh water a few times daily. The crystals found in urine are due to pH changes in the urine, not because of crystals in the water. Just make sure your pets have access to clean, fresh water everyday. FWIW, I clean out and refill my cat's water bowls about three times a day. I have two cats who are very particular and like their water very fresh.
 

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Crystals in the water do not cause crystalluria. Many foods can cause it by altering the PH of the urine. Access to lots of fresh water helps to dilute the urine and prevent crystal development.
 

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Water crystals? Dh is a chemist and I've never heard of water crystals unless you mean ice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
It's caused by pH imbalances mostly due to the commercial food-one of my cats gets them chronically with the wrong food. Of course plenty of clean water is necessary, just like with humans.
 

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Well I heard about it through a product in the pet store. It was one of those cat/dog water bowl fountains which has a filter in it and you plug in. The box said something like "prevents water crystals which can cause urinary diseases".<br><br>
I've just looked online, but I can't seem to find that specific type. And the other water fountains I did find, don't mention water crystals at all. So im not sure what to think now. I don't think it could be false information on the box of the product because they would be in trouble if their claims weren't true.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well I heard about it through a product in the pet store. It was one of those cat/dog water bowl fountains which has a filter in it and you plug in. The box said something like "prevents water crystals which can cause urinary diseases".<br><br>
I've just looked online, but I can't seem to find that specific type. And the other water fountains I did find, don't mention water crystals at all. So im not sure what to think now. I don't think it could be false information on the box of the product because they would be in trouble if their claims weren't true.</div>
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Products make claims like that all the time despite not being true. Look at all the toxic products out on the market that claim to be safe for us and our pets. Just because a company makes a claim doesn't mean it's the truth. And it's perfectly legal.<br><br>
As a licensed veterinary technician who has been in practice for 10 years and sees plenty of blocked cats every week, I can assure you that there's no such thing as water crystals that cause urinary disease. Lack of access to fresh water and poor diet can lead to pH imbalances that can cause crystals to form in the urine.<br><br>
This one ranks up there with the cat litter that was marketed to "predict and diagnose urinary tract infections." Pure bunk.<br><br>
Just make sure your pets have access to plenty of fresh water daily. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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