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Hose Hydration Hazards for Dogs

Jun 16, 2023

Hose Hydration Hazards for Dogs

I admit, it can be quite funny watching dogs biting biting water coming from a hose but there are potential dangers associated with this behaviour. Here are some risks to consider:

Dental Injuries

As you know, dogs have sharp teeth, and if they bite the forceful stream of water from a hose, they may injure their teeth or gums. This could cause tooth fractures, chips, or damage to the soft tissues in their mouth.

Choking or Aspiration

If a dog bites or snaps at the water stream a lot, they might accidentally inhale or swallow water. This could cause choking, aspiration pneumonia (inflammation or infection of the lungs), or other respiratory issues. Certain breeds with short snouts (brachycephalic breeds) can be particularly prone to breathing difficulties.

Water Intoxication

Dogs biting water from a hose might take in lots of amounts of water rapidly, which can lead to a condition called water intoxication or hyponatremia. This occurs when the dog's body becomes overwhelmed with water, diluting the electrolytes in their bloodstream and causing an imbalance. Water intoxication can be life-threatening and result in symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, lethargy, seizures, and even coma.

Hose-Related Hazards

Apart from the dangers that can be caused by the water itself, there are also potential hazards related to the hose. If a dog chews on the hose, they can damage their teeth or ingest pieces of the hose material, which can cause blockages or gastrointestinal issues. Also, if the water is excessively hot or if the hose has been lying in the sun, the water can become scalding, leading to burns or discomfort for the dog. I always let the hose run fr a minute till I know it's running cold before I use it., really for any purpose.


As much fun as it looks it might be an idea to discourage your dogs from biting the water stream from a hose. Instead, provide them with an appropriate water source,

Not as much fun but less risk.