Your puppy is your furry child and there is no way you would ever knowingly endanger your precious bundle of joy. But hazards are out there that you have never even thought of. So, pay attention when you take a weekend vacation, or any getaway with your family.
Ponds, Lakes, Rivers, Swimming Pools
Most dogs love water and they plow through puddles, into ponds, lakes and the ocean. While we love to see our pups have a good time, there are lurking dangers not visible to the naked eye.
Never allow your dog to drink from a pond, lake or river! There could be dangerous bacteria, parasites, like giardia, pesticide runoff, or blue-green algae in the water.
Giardia and blue-green algae have similar symptoms. Giardia symptoms can show up as diarrhea, stomachache, vomiting, exhaustion, and bloody stools. Blue-Green Algae can also be life-threatening to you and your human family!
Look for these symptoms: confusion, fainting, difficulty breathing, stumbling, nausea and vomiting, loose stools or diarrhea, and unquenchable thirst.
Electric Shock Drowning (ESD)
Lakes are fabulous vacation spots, but there are hidden dangers and silent killers often killing multiple family members. Lake docks and boats pose the biggest dangers of ESD with 120-volt AC (alternating current) leakage.
Never swim within 100 yards of a boat dock or a marina that uses electrical power! You should test your boat every year to make sure it is not leaking electricity. Read this entire article to keep your doggies and human family safe: http://www.boatus.com/seaworthy/magazine/2013/july/electric-shock-drowningexplained.asp
Oh, our crazy, playful doggies! They just want to have fun and they don’t think of the consequences of their actions. So, we, the pup-parents, have to be ever vigilant to keep them safe.
Shiny lures and stinky bait pose a big problem to doggies that go fishing with the family. And you know how these furry kids are. They are quick to snatch things before you can remove the threats out of their reach.
Dogs have been known grab fish hooks which will get embedded in their mouths, or they may swallow a fish hook which may require minor surgery and pain medication.
They could also step on fish hooks which can be very painful, if not crippling.If any of these things happen, do not try to remove the fish hook by yourself. Get your pup to the vet, or an emergency vet clinic immediately.
Dogs can be garbage-guts, the absolute pigs of the household. Everything smells wonderful to them, no matter how stinky and rotten. Things that would make you hurl, are ambrosia to your pup.
Ever see a dog roll all over a dead carcass outside? Better they roll in the stinky, rotten critter than scarfing it down! In the house, it is imperative to keep the garbage can dog-proof. Moldy food, nuts or grains can be big trouble. Botulism is as much danger to our pets as our human family members. If you think your pet has been poisoned contact your veterinarian, or one of these Animal Poison Hotlines:
ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center
1-888-4ANI-HELP (1-888-426-4435). $65.00 per case, billed to caller’s credit card. Follow-up calls can be made for no additional charge by dialing 888-299-2973. Now that you are aware of all of these hazards you can have a great vacation with your pup. Don’t forget to document your great time in your The Puppy Baby Book!