Should Dogs Drink Salt Water

If you’re planning to head to the beach this summer and take your dog along, be sure to pack fresh water so your pet doesn’t have to drink salt water when it gets thirsty. Dogs should NOT drink saltwater for many reasons, among those being that salt water can cause vomiting and dehydration, as well as an unpleasant condition called “beach diarrhea.”

If you go to a beach that allows pets to run, play fetch, and interact with other dogs, your dog is going to get plenty of exercise which in turn causes increased water loss through muscle contraction, respiration, and evaporation from its skin. Exercising like this on a hot day at the beach will leave your dog with an urge to drink plenty of water and if you don’t provide fresh water, your dog will drink whatever it can find to drink, usually salt water.

Chances are good that a dog will ingest sand along with any salt water it drinks. This can intensify the effects of salt water and irritate the lining of the dog’s intestines. Drinking a smaller amount of salt water can cause “beach diarrhea.” In this type of diarrhea, salt water results in excess amounts of water accumulating in the dog’s intestines.

This is because salt water acts to pull liquids into your dog’s intestines which can then cause diarrhea and lead to dehydration. Also, if your dog drinks a lot of salt water too fast, it may vomit, which then leads to even more dehydration.

Bacteria, algae, microorganisms or toxins are sometimes found in salt water and these can lead to even more severe symptoms for your dog.

When you’re at the beach, give your dog clean, fresh water as often as you can. Giving your dog plenty of fresh water will significantly lessen any chance of it contracting a nasty beach diarrhea. You do not want your dog to drink salt water.

Your day at the beach should be as much fun for your dog as it is for you. Don’t spoil it by not taking along enough fresh water to keep your dog hydrated for your entire stay at the beach.

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Cool Lice images

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HealthyPetNet listed in EcoFriendlySites.org

I maintained a premium listing on a green site last year and received lots of good new customers from it. So this morning, I am seeking out green directories and adding my HealthyPetNet link to them. In most cases, it’s free.

My target customers are people who are already committed to the health and wellness both of the environment and their pets.

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Eye And Heart Disease in Dogs


Eye disease is very common with Golden Retrievers. Most Golden’s will generally have hereditary cataracts, which is a common eye problem. At an early age, with affected Golden’s, one type of hereditary cataract will appear. Even though it may not cause interference with the vision of the Golden Retriever, some dogs will progress into total and quite possibly severe loss of vision.

Sometimes, Golden Retrievers can get affected by non hereditary cataracts, although an examination by a board certified veterinarian can determine just how bad the cataracts really are. If cataracts are indeed suspected with a Golden Retriever, then breeding won’t be recommended. Breeding a Golden who has this condition can lead to serious problems, such as passing it on to the pups.

Several families of the Golden Retriever breed have been known to carry genes for CPRA (Central Progressive Retinal Atrophy), which affects the retina, and can result in permanent blindness for Golden’s at a young age. There are other types of eye defects as well, such as retinal dysplasia, which prevents a Golden from breeding.

Trouble with both the eyelid and eyelashes are also a possibility with Golden Retrievers, with some being the result of hereditary factors. The eyelids rotating in or out, or the eyelashes rubbing on or in the eye are both common problems with the breed. Even though surgery can help to fix these types of problems, dogs that are experiencing this type of problem shouldn’t be allowed to breed nor compete in shows under any type of AKC rules.

You should always have your Golden Retriever checked annually for eye disease, as it can develop during any age. When you take your Golden to have him examined for eye disease, you should have a veterinary ophthalmologist do the exam. He has all of the necessary equipment, and the proper training needed to make sure that your dog gets the best examination possible.

Heart disease

SAS (Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis) is the most common and widespread form of heart disease within the entire Golden Retriever species. Before you breed your Golden Retriever, you should always have him examined for heart disease by a certified veterinary cardiologist. If the cardiologist detects a heart murmur, he will recommend additional tests for your dog.

In the event that the results prove negative, it doesn’t necessarily rule heart disease out, as some milder forms may still be present, although undetectable. If a Golden Retriever is diagnosed to have any type of heart disease, he should not breed. Breeding Golden Retrievers who have heart disease can lead to serious and sometimes fatal results. To be on the safe side, you should always have your Golden tested for his disease before you plan on breeding.
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Book Review ~ Danger in Amish Country by Marta Perry, Diane Burke & Kit Wilkinson

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Free tool to submit your website to search engines

Here’s what I used this morning. This is a free tool, there’s another one I use that costs about $ 4.95 per month.


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