There is a lot of hype about the benefits of drinking alkaline water. Alkaline water is said to balance out the body’s acidity.

If we look back to high school science class, we may remember the PH scale of acids and bases. If you remember, acid, a corrosive is 1 and milk of magnesia, a base, is 14. It is proclaimed that the healthiest body systems maintain around a level 7 PH.

Many people believe that in today’s food market of fast foods and other poor health choices, our bodies contain a higher level of acid than they should, and that drinking alkaline water can help to balance out our PH levels. They even go on to say that consumption of alkaline water will boost our metabolisms and allow out bodies to absorb nutrients more easily.


Most consumers are completely unaware that processed cat and dog food (even the best quality) contains a high amount of magnesium- the opposite of acid; acid being the reason companies are marketing alkaline water. In fact, many cat food brands especially have been under the microscope for adding too much magnesium to their wet foods. You may be wondering what little old magnesium could do to harm an animal? Simply put, magnesium increases the amount of ammonia in an animal’s system. If the ammonia level in an animal becomes too high for her or his body, painful results are likely. This is because ammonia is extremely high on the PH scale and puts the animal’s body systems in jeopardy. Painful urination, bladder crystals, UTI’s, bladder stones, even kidney stones and eventually kidney failure are possible. If these symptoms are caught early enough they are completely reversible by your holistic animal care practitioner. If you fail to notice the symptom building over time, this can be fatal.

Given that alkaline water is also high on the PH scale as we discussed earlier, combining the two- store bought processed food of ANY nature; from the lowest to highest quality and alkaline water, we can absolutely cause sudden and permanent damage to our animals if we are not careful. Cat food is much higher in magnesium, and they do retain it more than dogs and dog food. However, both cats and dogs are at risk here.

The next time you hear about alkaline water, even though your heart may be in the right place, keep it away from your animals!


  1. Bulls · June 29, 2017

    Total BS on the alkaline water.. In fact, alkaline water is low on the acid/PH scale… It helps to balance the bodies PH scale (in all animals) from often 14 down to 8~7.


    • soulsticespirithealing · June 29, 2017

      If alkaline water is low on the acid scale, it is high on the magnesium scale. This is what my article was getting at. Animals do NOT have the same PH as humans. Cat and dog foods are high in magnesium. Human food is high in acid. This precludes balanced human diets and home made or raw animal food diets. Your response does not make sense with respect to my article.


  2. Vanessa · October 9, 2017

    what if you are feeding a raw food diet, like Primal raw venison? I was just getting ready to start giving her Essentia water to try an \d get rid of her brown around her face. when her PH is too high her fur turns brown. She was on deer park which she has been on all her life. I put her on Figi past 2 weeks and brown got worse. so was going to try essentia now. I got rid of her brown once before by giving apple cider vinegar but it is not working this time 😦
    llloVe 🙂


    • soulsticespirithealing · October 10, 2017

      Hi Vanessa, thank you for your question! Raw food definitely has a different PH level than processed foods. In this circumstance, the alkaline water is lesser harmful to your dog. However, you may want to research the origin of your raw food. The quality of the meat may be contributing to the brown spots on your little one. She may have developed an intolerance to venison. Have you tried feeding her a different type of meat? Do you feed her veggies at all? Blessings, Morgan


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