Keep Dogs Away from Lakes and Rivers
Living in warmer climates creates for a different set of precautions when it comes to walking your dog outdoors. For instance, in the South, you should consider avoiding walking your dog near lakes, rivers, streams, marshes, etc. because of the wildlife that is around. Alligators have been known to leave the water and attack small dogs pulling them back into the water. Those same alligators may attack pet owners as well. Besides alligators, there are certain types of plants that grow around warm bodies of water that can be toxic to dogs if eaten. Water Hemlock, for example, is very dangerous and can make your dog sick within minutes and can be fatal within hours. Consider walking your dog near or around dog parks, pathways away from water, etc. For more suggestions, talk with your vet Tampa, FL.