We have come across a number of dog owners using water bottles for their animals. This is probably because they see them being used in the pet shops and think that this is the right apparatus for a dog to drink water from. We would like to emphasize the importance of dogs having access to a decent and ready supply of water.
Water bottles require considerable effort from the animals, and are inadequate in quenching their thirst. In our tropical climate, it is simply not fair for dogs to have to lick continuously on a water bottle in order to obtain droplets of water. A water bowl enables them to lap a more generous amount of water, thereby fulfilling their thirst adequately.
You can help make a difference for the animals by writing in to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), Animal Welfare & Control Section, to voice your objection to the use of water bottles in pet shops.