For half of the year, between autumn and springtime, the world has to deal with a lot of rainy days. For some people, that might be annoying. Most people might prefer to stay in with a warm cup of tea or coffee.
For others, it’s a delight. And, for all of your furry friends, it’s the perfect opportunity to jump in a puddle.
Dogs hate being stuck inside for too long. Whether it’s raining, snowing, or scorching hot, they will find a way to make the best out of their time outside. But, as a dog parent, you have to be aware of the fact that post-rain walks can be dangerous. In particular, the puddles can pose a threat to your dog.
The fact that they’ll get all dirty and wet from the puddles might be annoying, but that’s not the threat. The real is the water itself, particularly if your dog chooses to take a drink of that water. Dogs seem to like sticking their noses in anything they find on the ground, so there’s a big risk they’ll drink that puddle water if given the chance.
The water from the puddles, or standing water, is a great spot for breeding bacteria. If your dog drinks it, they could get infected with Leptospirosis and Giardia. The infections with these bacteria are usually mild and can be treated with a quick visit to the vet and some medication. But, in some instances, the infections can even be life-threatening.
Dogs absolutely love post-rain walks, so you shouldn’t take that from them. You should just make sure they don’t drink water from the puddles, and you’re all set.