We’ve previously written about automatic dog food dispensers.
But, in this guide, we take a look at some of the different types of dog water fountains and dispensers.
We also look at the different features and drawbacks of some of the most popular models on the market.
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
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Best Dog Water Fountains & Dispensers
If you prefer, you can go straight to viewing some of the top rated models here:
- PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain, 1.3 Gallon (on Chewy)
- PetSafe Drinkwell Cat and Dog Water Fountain (on Amazon)
Also note – if you prefer something other than a pump or gravity activated water feeder, you can choose a stainless steel bowl or bucket instead:
- AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Dog Bowl (on Amazon)
- ProSelect Stainless Steel Flat Sided Pet Pail (on Amazon)
Best Dog Water Fountains & Dispensers: Reviews
A water fountain that filters, streams and regulates water for pets to drink in a reservoir
Plastic is BPA free
Comes in over 1 gallon capacity
Water stream is adjustable
Filters are replaceable
There’s a warranty available on the pump
The electrical cord that powers the pump is 12V
The 168 oz/1.3 gallon model is recommended for dogs under 60 lbs
There’s regular cleaning involved to get rid of slime build up – can be time consuming and annoying
It costs money to replace the filters
Pump may at some point stop working or have problems
When pump isn’t working properly, the water can have trouble regulating
The fountain might not be best for outside use – might be better for inside use
Who Might It Be For?
Those who want a way for their dog to drink water where water is pumped and also filtered
Those who want roughly a gallon to 1.5 gallons capacity of water
Who Might It Not Be For?
Those who don’t want to have to deal with pumps, filters and an electrical power supply for their dog’s water supply
Those who want more than 1.5 gallon capacity
The features and potential drawbacks of the PetMate Replendish are:
A gravity waterer that automatically fills the bowl for you
Microban material is made to help keep the water cleaner for longer
Comes in several sizes up to 4 gallons
Comes in several colors
Mold/slime can develop around and under the plastic, so you may have to take it apart every few weeks to clean it
Best Dog Water Fountains & Dispensers: Buyer’s Guide
Types Of Water Fountains & Dispensers
The three main types are:
Gravity water dispenser
Water fountain, with pump and filter
Step on/paw activated water feeders
Which Water Fountain Is Best?
Gravity water dispensers are popular because they are easy to set up and refill, and they don’t need a power supply. They also refill automatically. It can be annoying to take it apart and clean out the slime/mould on the plastic though – which needs to be done every few weeks.
Pump and filter water fountains regulate the water supply to keep it fresh, but do use filters which need to be replaced, and a pump which might break down at some point and need to be replaced. They also need to be cleaned of mold/slime. They may not be as good for outside use.
Step on/paw activated water fountains aren’t as popular as the other two, and we couldn’t find a model to recommend to look at in this guide.
Are There Other Options?
If you don’t want to have to deal with a water dispenser or fountain, you can buy a simple stainless steel bowl, or for larger water capacity, a bucket.
They can be much easier to spot mold/slime on, and clean. There’s also no need to replace pumps or filter pads.
In this guide, we outline other common ways to give dogs water to drink, such as stainless steel dog water bowls, and ceramic dog water bowls.
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