The only thing that could improve this BigDog Fountain, (and other models presumably) would be to add a filter to the pump inlet. The common complaint for this product is that the pump is subject to early failure. Since the pump is subjected to a constant flow of un-filtered water and is difficult to clean, its not surprising that it fails regularly. While it almost certainly makes for lively sales of replacement pumps, I doubt there's enough profit to justify the lost sales from one bad review. Adding some type of clean-able screen or filter would make this unit as perfect a product as possible. Our two Labs, one Terrier mix, and two cats all prefer the moving water, and ALL are noticeably healthier.
PETSAFE RESPONSE: We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback on the Drinkwell Big Dog Replacement Pump. We have found that by regularly cleaning the pump using the method instructed in the manual will allow you to get the most out of your fountain. Unfortunately, for best results, this step would still be required regardless of the amount of filters used on the pump. Please know that we are always looking for suggestions on ways to improve our products, and we'd like to invite you to become a PetSafe Idea Partner at http://labs.petsafe.net/
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very disappointed in the pump. Have a lab mix and boxer mix and their water intake has increased since getting this, however, about every 5-6 weeks the pump stopped because the 'fan' worked out. After taking everything apart and putting it back together three times, the fan stopped completely. I have replaced the filters every two months without fail. if the dogs didn't drink so much more with this, i would trash it.
PETSAFE RESPONSE: We are sorry to hear of the trouble you've experienced with your Drinkwell Big Dog Replacement Pump. We can understand how frustrating it must be to have a faulty product, and we would be happy to help! Please know that this product is backed by a warranty, and we would be happy to offer troubleshooting and replacement assistance. If the propeller in the pump is coming out or stopping, it may be an issue with the magnet itself or there may be build-up accumulating in that area preventing the pump to work properly. If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Care Center at 1-800-732-2677.
I have had my drinkwell big dog for years and never had any issues with anything, even had a dog knock it over and came home from work with the motor running and no waterto be found. just put it back together and she was fine, my dog loves running water. eventualy while i was cleaning it the o ring around the pump motor split so that is where i am at now the first problem i have had in 8 years, the pump is still working fine