Bringing drinking water for your dog’s consumption during outdoor excursions is very important to prevent your pet from drinking water from lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, etc. These bodies of water, natural or artificial, may harbor potential health hazards that can endanger your pet’s life. The water may contain certain chemicals, bacteria, parasites, blue-green algae, etc. which, when ingested can cause health issues that can range from mild digestive upsets to giardiasis to kidney troubles to liver dysfunction, or worse, death.
Furthermore, dogs that drink from lakes, river or ponds may be exposed to pesticides and herbicides from surface runoff. Gasoline and oil from boats may also contaminate bodies of water.
If your dog is swimming in the sea, consumption of seawater can possibly cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
Any signs of toxicity exhibited by your pooch should be brought to the attention of your Jacksonville Beach, FL veterinarian.