Contaminated water poses health problem for dogs, doctors say – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA – The lakes and rivers are tempting for dogs on these hot summer days, but as the end of summer approaches, you might want to think twice about letting your dog into some water places.

On Wednesday, Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Eboni Deon learned why you should take a closer look before letting your dog enter the water.

Most dogs love to get in the water. It brings them joy, but doctors say it could also make them sick.

Keeping your dogs safe is as simple as taking a look in the water.

Margaret Watkins says her dog isn’t interested in going in the water, but she’s seen other dogs enjoying it.

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“As a responsible dog owner, you have to be aware. If the water doesn’t look clean to you, it doesn’t look clean to your dog either,” Watkins said. delicate, he doesn’t even like to get his feet wet.

If your dog is the type to go straight to the water, take a break, according to Dr. Kevin Winkler, veterinary surgeon and medical director of Blue Pearl Hospital. Winkler says dogs can suffer from some of the same freshwater hazards as humans.

“The most common thing we see is a bacteria called leptospirosis. It’s the one that can cause kidney and liver failure,” Winkler said.

It is found in a lot of water and is spread through the feces of wild animals, pets and livestock.

“It’s no different when they end up in the trash, vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea can have blood in it,” Winkler said.

Your dog’s gums may turn yellow or his urine may turn orange.


“These are all indications of liver failure, and it’s something you definitely want to get attention for right away,” Winkler said.

The risks are not limited to swimming. If your dog drinks contaminated water, he is exposed to anything infectious or toxic in the water.

Watkins says that when she walks, she takes her own water so her dog, Murphy, can drink it.

“I have the cutest little canteen that has the little dog dish attached,” Watkins said.

Water quality is the most important thing to consider when outdoors with your dog. The cloudier it looks, the more likely it is to be contaminated.

Pay attention to the environment your dog is in. If you notice any change in your dog within 24 to 48 hours of being outdoors, have him checked out by a veterinarian.

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