"Speaking of bowls, use a stainless-steel feeding dish. It can be safely put through the dishwasher, doesn't crack, and doesn't absorb odors. Some plastic dishes have been blamed for coat discoloration and in a few cases they've cause "plastic dish dermatitis," which results in a loss of nose pigmentation.

"There are some areas where the water has a high mineral content. If you don't have a water purification system to correct the problem, you should switch to bottled water...

"Adding a bit of apple cider vinegar to the water can be beneficial, particularly for dogs whose urine has a strong odor or dark color. In time, the vinegar eliminates both problems" (Bixler, Alice. "Lowchen." Breed Column. AKC Gazette, Sep. 2003, 78).

"Try adding apple cider vinegar to the animals' water dish -- some people swear by this, as it may add some nutrients that help the animal deal with the fleas" (Tilford, Greg. "Herbs for Flea Relief." Whole Dog Journal, June 2003, 21-23).

Colby Glass, MLIS