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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-05-2012, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Should I Let Him?

Yesterday on our walk we went to this canal (don't know if that's the right name for it, but that's what we call it ), and Darko decided he wanted to get in the water so he did. He kept whining with excitement and jumping the "blocks" that were there. My concern is if I should let him do it again, the water looks pretty nasty but I think it's because of the algae. Oh and there's crawdads and fish in there, Darko was chasing the little fish.

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The crawdad I got last year from there:


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-05-2012, 09:24 AM
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Nice pics & Darko is very handsome (like his name). My husband & I are really careful with water if it was standing water or slow moving water I would pass...not worth the risk!
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I remembered something about algae killing dogs and found it.

Blue-green algae: Toxic scum can kill your dog | PetConnection.com
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Thank you Courtney & Carole
I will not be letting him go in there again, hope he doesn't get sick. So far he's been acting normal. Thanks again.

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If there are fish and crawdads in the water that are alive and no dead ones floating wouldn't the water have to be safe enough for the dog to play in?

Darko looks like he has been watching Hillbilly hand-fishing, both him and the lab are beautiful dogs. Thanks for sharing with us.

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the water looks pretty nasty. why would you think
it's ok to let your dog play in pretty nasty looking water?
don't let your dog play in that water and you stay out
of it also.

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>>>>My concern is if I should let him do it again,<<<<

>>>> the water looks pretty nasty<<<<

but I think it's because of the algae. Oh and there's crawdads and fish in there, Darko was chasing the little fish.

Got it from Google Maps(the red circle is where we were):







The crawdad I got last year from there:
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If there are fish and crawdads in the water that are alive and no dead ones floating wouldn't the water have to be safe enough for the dog to play in?

Darko looks like he has been watching Hillbilly hand-fishing, both him and the lab are beautiful dogs. Thanks for sharing with us.

Thank you. I thought the same thing too since I've taken the crawdads and fish home and they did fine in my fish tank, but the algae is what scares me.



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the water looks pretty nasty. why would you think
it's ok to let your dog play in pretty nasty looking water?
don't let your dog play in that water and you stay out
of it also.

I was a little hesitant to let him in, but when I saw him playing a having fun I let him. We didn't last long in there though...and yes I will keep him out now.

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I would also check what the source of the canal is. We have a canal around here that is part of the sewer system. Yes, there are fish and other living critters in there and I've actually seen people fishing (yuck!) but no way would I let my dog swim there. I know people who do though.

This is the info on the canal near me:
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Chicago’s sewage treatment system discharges only lightly treated fecal matter into the canals. Because of concerns of the effects of chlorine, Chicago has a rare distinction among major American cities: It does not employ a disinfection stage at its three main sewage treatment plants. The result is canal water with fecal coliform colonies, so that signs along the canals warn that the contents are not suitable for ‘any human body contact.


So yeah I'd check the source for the water in yours.


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Go ahead and see if you can find out about the source for the water in that canal... but if it's just runoff or something - water retention... I'd say go for it. It can be hard enough to find places to let them play in the water!

If there are fish and crawdads, and not obvious amounts of trash... don't worry about it. I wouldn't encourage them to drink from it - bring your own water, and teach them to drink only what you give them. Hose them off when you get home. Have fun!!
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I wouldn't let him play in it. It doesn't look clean. If he gets a little scratch it can get infected.

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