Swim Safely!

posted: by: Dawna, RVT Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Although summer is coming to an end, many of us are still tempted to let our pets take a refreshing swim on a warm day.  However, recent news reminds us that not all bodies of water are safe for our animal friends.

The Columbus Dispatch published an article on 9-9-2011 regarding the death of a dog who had been drinking from the pond located at Three Creeks MetroPark.  The pond is currently being tested for blue/green algae. 

The article and be viewed at :http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/09/09/metro-parks-lake-is-tested-for-toxic-algae.html

Dr. Seimer, our practice owner and veterinarian recommends only letting dogs swim in swimming pools, or bodies of water such as streams and creeks where the water is continually running. 

The bottom line is, not all contaminated water looks dangerous.  Many ponds however, contain run-off from fertilizer or pesticide, as well as numerous bacteria, parasites, and in this unfortunate case, algae. 

If you have any questions regarding safe places for your dog to swim, please call our office at any time!

Enjoy your summer, and swim safely.