Dog walk precautions

Dog walk precautions

Hidden Dog Walk Problems

 

There are a few things to be aware of when walking your dog. Here they are just briefly outlined with where to find more information. Discuss any medical concerns with your vet.

Blue Green Algae – Cynoabacteria

‘Blue green algae’ is the common name. It is in fact a cynoabacteria that gets its energy by photosynthesis. (Not all are a problem or toxic). It can most often be found in static water but also in moving water. It may look like scum, blobs or flaky particles in the water or it may be difficult to see. More detailed information, photos and an article can be found at The Blue Cross https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/blue-green-algae-and-its-dangers-dogs  It is not advisable to let your dog drink or swim in the water as it can be fatal. Always seek your vet’s medical advice if you are concerned about your dog.

Alabama rot or Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy

CRGV is a debilitating disease found in dogs it can affect the dogs skin, blood vessels and kidneys. Dogs will often quickly deteriorate and it can be fatal in some cases. For a full list of symptoms and information on Alabama Rot speak to your vet or look on Anderson Moores website. http://alabamarot.co.uk/tag/anderson-moores-veterinary-specialists/ . Your vet will decide if and what symptoms are CRGV, then s/he will diagnose and treat appropriately.

The cause of the disease is not yet known. A few studies on CRGV have been done. Anderson Moores vets specialise in CRGV. They are leading research into the disease and are collating important data to undertake further study.

Confirmed and suspected cases of CRGV have occurred after dogs have been walked. The number of cases is not high. Although there have been a number of cases in the New Forest, CRGV has been confirmed or suspected in many other UK places too.

Ticks

The tick is an arthropod arachnid parasite that will attach itself to your pet and consume blood. It will swell up from its original few millimetres size as it feeds and then drop off. Your pet may pick the parasite up outside, often they wait in grass, plants, or woodland. Ticks are more prevalent in some areas than others. Your vet will advise on prevention, treatment and removal of ticks. Your vet may know how common ticks are in your area and if there are any local tick borne diseases.