Dog Drinking From Lake
June 18, 2010
Our dog is always drinking from the lake near our family
camp. Can dogs get intestinal diseases like giardia from drinking
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– Carolina Firestone; East Lansing, Mich.
A: Yes, it is possible
for dogs to get intestinal diseases from lake and river water, as many
parasites happily live there! Both giardia and crypto-sporidia are
transmitted by ingesting water infected by animal feces.
average lake, your dog’s chances of contracting giardiasis (also called
beaver fever) or cryptosporidiosis (crypto) are pretty slim. It would
almost have to be perfect: An infected animal just happens to defecate
near where your pet is drinking, and the protozoa are concentrated
enough to make your dog sick. It doesn’t happen often.
if your dog is happily lapping water from ponds, swamps and beaver dam
areas, you will want to put a stop to it, as the likelihood of getting
ill from such stagnant waterways is much greater. Not only will your pet
be more at risk for high concentrations of parasites, it may be
drinking water that contains blue green algae; this is very often toxic
A major sign of both giardiasis and crypto is
diarrhea. If you think your dog has an intestinal illness, your vet can
do a stool test to verify. The good news is that these illnesses are
easy to treat with one or more rounds of medication.
illnesses for the most part are not life-threatening. It would be
extremely hard for an otherwise healthy dog to die of giardia or crypto.
On the other hand, if your dog already has a compromised immune system,
then you will want to do your best to curb its appetite for lake water.
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