One of the problems let behind by Hurricane Sandy is standing water. Heavy rains and high tides caused flooding throughout much of the east coast, and as this water recedes, pockets of standing water are left behind. This standing water poses a serious threat to pets, and pet owners need to be aware of these.
Leptospirosis is one such threat. This infection enters standing water when wild animals that carry it urinate, and the urine containing the leptospira flows into the standing water area. Allowing your pet to wade in or drink from standing water can cause him to contract the disease.
Leptospirosis can cause life-threatening liver and kidney damage in dogs, particularly those who are young and are not vaccinated against the condition. High fevers, joint pain
and toxicity are all symptoms of leptospirosis.
The parvovirus is another risk in standing water. This virus can lay dormant in the soil for up to six months, and a standing water situation allows it to rise to the surface. Parvo attacks the lymphatic and gastrointestinal systems, and can lead to immune system problems, vomiting and diarrhea. It is particularly dangerous to puppies, killing 80 percent of those who contract it.
These are just two problems associated with standing water, and there are many more on top of these. The next time you see a puddle or pool of water and think about letting your dog take a swim or have a drink, think again. That water could be harboring serious risks for your pet, no matter how inviting it looks.