The Hazards of Dogs Swimming in Lake Waters

The Hazards of Dogs Swimming in Lake Waters

PART ONE: There are several water dangers that you should be aware of before letting your dog go swimming this summer.

Blue-green algae, parasites and bacteria all present dangers to your dog.

Keep your dog away from any water that looks greenish-blue, olive green, red or otherwise discoloured.

Drinking contaminated water can cause symptoms as mild as abdominal pain or signs serious enough to be fatal.

Parasites and bacteria are common occurrences in lakes and ponds.

The three most common are cryptosporidium, giardia, and leptospirosis.

All of them can cause intestinal upset, abdominal pain, and vomiting, along with other symptoms and often requires treatment and hospitalization.

Stay tuned for next week’s post where we discuss the risks associated with saltwater.

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