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Old 12-08-2012, 10:33 PM
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I look for flowing water, stagnant freaks me out. I'd just ask around locally. If there is no toxicity warning I'm usually fine with it. I can always bathe my dogs, their fun is worth the stank.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:44 AM
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Both I and my dogs have been in some nasty water! That looks beautiful!

Usually we go on walks and a toy will get stuck in river scum and I get to retrieve it. Ick. I'm still alive. But it could explain some things lol!

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:48 AM
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If it had visible sludge I'd be wary. Otherwise anything is game to us.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:00 AM
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If you don't see dogs swimming in it, it might be unlikely they're allowed. Most ponds in Central Park don't allow dogs to swim (because they disturb the wildlife, I guess....the ponds are safe enough for turtles, fish, and plenty of birds to live in), and Central Park is REALLY dog friendly.

Otherwise, maybe call the town/city and ask if there are any environmental warnings around it.

I let Edna swim in some of the nasty sludgy swampy ponds that dogs ARE allowed in, and she never got sick, even when she tried to pick up a dead frog on the bank *vomits*.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:22 AM
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Watch out for fishing line, and broken bottles in public lakes and ponds. I had a lab get 80 stitches from a three prong fishing hook that caught in his leg and ripped as he swam.

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Old 12-09-2012, 11:23 AM
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I've never seen dogs swimming there, my guess would be they are not allowed. Especially since I think that's where they have like swan boats and stuff.

As for in general, I have no idea. I'd probably avoid any stagnant water. For example at the park I bring Tucker to there is an area of water, it fills up when it rains, stays for several weeks but does dry up if it's really hot for a while. I generally don't let Tucker in there (though other people do let their dogs in and Tucker has gone in to grab balls a few times), I just feel like the water must be gross if it just sits for weeks with no flow or anything.

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Old 12-09-2012, 12:04 PM
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That's the pond in the public garden.. not the common with the swan boats lol but I asked someone today and they've said they've seen dogs go in there and come out totally GREEN! I'm gonna go with it's not a good idea lol

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Old 12-09-2012, 05:39 PM
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I'll be honest, I've gotten more wary as time goes on. I used to let them in almost anything. But a friend of mine lost two young dogs- a malinois and a toller- to blue green algae. It was so sudden. Someone at the park mentioned that it has been found in the pond at the park. I see dogs in there all the time but I can't help but worry. We avoid it now. I don't think I'd let my dogs in my dad's pond either for the same reason.

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