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Stay Away From Standing Water

In neighborhoods that get much street traffic, shops and restaurants often put out dishes with water for pups passing by. It always seemed like a nice touch to me – and let me know whether or not my little guy would be welcome there. However, as friendly this gesture may be, please be careful before letting your poochies drink from that water. Many times, the dish has leaves, dust, and other items that fall or blow into it. Not only can the water appear dirty, there can also be bacteria and germs that are invisible to the human eye.

One risk that can come out of drinking contaminated standing water is giardia. Giardia is a single-celled parasite that lives in your dog’s intestine after they become infected. Pups can be infected when they swallow the giardia that may be present in water or other substances that have been soiled, most often by the close presence of animals' feces. It's not always about water dishes, but puddles, too. Giardiasis can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss in infected pups. Also, you don't know if the shop owners take the time that you would to clean and sterilize these bowls. If you think your pup will get thirsty, consider bringing his own bottle of water – North can drink out of a sport-cap water fountain midair – it's better to be safe than sorry!

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ladyr ladyr 7 years
My dog got giardia from doggie day care. They had a little shallow pool in the big dog area for the dogs to cool off in, but they would drink out of it too. They would all walk on the cement around it, which must have had some feces, and then they would walk in the pool. When my vet treated him, she did not tell me that there was a vaccine. Hmmmm... will have to check that out.
CanadianInVA CanadianInVA 8 years
Cats can also get giardia. I have three and have had to treat them all for this. It isn't fun. Make sure kitties have fresh water outside too.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
They make portable water/food bowls now too
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
your dog can also catch lepto (shortened name for a very long termed disease) by drinking out of infected standing water, public doggie bowls, etc. my dogs aren't allowed to drink out of anything that i don't own/pour. the risk is too high. there is a vaccination for lepto but there are seven different strains and the vaccine only protects against a few - not including the one that is currently active in the bay area. my friend's dog recently contracted lepto and it nearly killed him - all from drinking infected water at a park. better to be safe than sorry ... not only is it extremely expensive when your pup gets sick but they can die.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
ashcwebb- if your dog has a habit of drinking water out of things like ponds or even puddles, curbs etc then you will want to have them vaccinated for Giadria as a safety precaution. Even with the vaccination you should never let your dog drink out of those water sources because you seriously have no idea what is in it from naturally occuring bacteria to pollution. All of it could be dangerous to your dogs health. I always carry an extra bottle of water for the dogs when we go out and tell them no if they start heading for a puddle
Pets Pets 8 years
It may very well not be an issue for your pup (tummy of steel!), but my friends just rescued a dog and were not able to take her home on the original date because she had acquired this problem.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I thought that doggies could drink whatever water they wanted to! I know when we use to take our dogs out to slews and gross ponds they would drink the water out there...
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 8 years
I'm 99% sure that we had Kasey vaccinated against Giardia as part of his normal puppy vaccinations. Not that it's not a good idea to be careful anyway.
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