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09/22/2010 17:27:06 PM by honorine   Send Message to honorine  2125  views, category: Pet care, safety and insurance view all blogs


Many hunting dogs can encounter toxins and dangers that home-bound or backyard pets never see.

Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria

Contaminates water and several hunting dogs die each year from this poisonous mix. Toxic blue-green algae contains liver toxins and neurotoxins.

Water fouled by cyanobacteria will often have a “pea soup” appearance. Symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, weakness) can occur quickly and death from neurotoxins can happen in minutes.

Be sure to always provide fresh water and avoid allowing your dog to drink from puddles and ponds outdoors.

Lead Toxicity

Dogs are also accidentally shot on occasion. Beyond the trauma of the gunshot, the lead from the bullets can cause lead poisoning if the bullet is left in the body.

Signs of lead toxicity include behavioral changes, vomiting, diarrhea, and neurologic problems.

Clay pigeons contain coal tar and heavy metals that can be toxic to dogs that ingest them. Watch that your dog doesn’t pick up and eat pieces of these targets.

Mushrooms abound this time of year and many can be quite toxic to people and pets. One of the most dangerous is the Death Cap mushroom, found throughout the US. Identification is difficult, so if your dog eats mushrooms, you need to see a veterinarian immediately.

Keep good identification on your pets as many hunting dogs will excitedly chase scents.

Orange chest protector vests can help minimize damage from dense brush and make your dog visible to other hunters.

Break times are important. A rare disorder known as hunting dog hypoglycemia can cause the collapse of a normally active dog. Keep dog snacks and water with you.

Keep your veterinarian’s phone number handy along with the number of a local emergency veterinarian in case of accidents.

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Just a great information! Very informative.

Posted by gangets on Monday, 04/25/2011, 05:42AM

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