Many dogs enjoy quenching their thirst from puddles, the more pungent the puddle, the better it seems.
The problem is…just about anything can find its way into a puddle, from deadly antifreeze (common in parking lots) to fertilizers (often near farms and gardens), so don’t let your fur kids drink from puddles and other stagnant water sources, like ponds.
A few things to be aware of:
DEADLY BACTERIA: Not all dogs become sick when exposed to Leptospirosis, but for those that do, the results can be devastating. Leptospirosis most commonly causes kidney failure.
PROTOZOA GIARDIA These organisms are microscopic protozoa. The most common symptom caused by giardiasis in dogs is diarrhea and weight loss.
WARNING: Be sure to avoid puddles that have formed in and around parked cars where antifreeze can leak from vehicles. Consumption of only a very tiny amount of antifreeze can kill a dog/cat.
Be vigilant around other stagnant water sources, as well as flowing water, like creeks and rivers. These also can harbor harmful toxins.
TIP: Bring fresh drinking water with you on long walks and on warm days. It may not be possible to prevent every lick from an enticing puddle, but just be aware of the dangers.
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