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My Pet World: A pet-friendly fountain beats sipping from the fish tank

Q: Is it OK for Diego to drink from the fish tank? A: It's a mystery as to whether Diego is a dog or cat, but emergency veterinarian Dr. Heather Loenser, of Lebanon, N.J., can offer advice because, for the most part, it doesn't matter. "A salt water tank might be more of an issue, depending on much water Diego is drinking," she says. "There's no nice way to say this, but there's fish poop in there, and even filtered tanks will have some bacteria. Again, it depends on how much Diego drinks, but it's certainly not like drinking bottled water." Loenser, a board member of the American Animal Hospital Association, also wonders about the welfare of...