Bring fresh water for your dog. Yes, your dog will want to drink lake or river water but he’s safer drinking water that you bring from home. You’ll not only reduce his risk of running into potentially bad bacteria and parasites like giardia but also reduce the chance of minor tummy troubles. Watch for glass and metal.
For those closer to the South Austin area, Onion Creek is a great spot to take your dog hiking and swimming. The water is typically flowing and cool, making it a safe place for you and your dog to cool off.
Bob Wentz Park is located on beautiful Lake Travis, and there are plenty of fun water activities to do at this park. You and your pup can go for swims together in the lake, or you can splash around on the shoreline. Just be sure to keep your pup on-leash even when they’re in the water.
Steer clear of bodies of water with blue-green algae. It can make your buddy sick. Check the current of a river or a creek. Make sure it isn’t too strong to let your dog swim.
Don’t allow your dog to swim in ponds, lakes, or canals. Keep your dog away from the banks as well, especially where there is heavy vegetation. No matter where your dog does her swimming, be sure to clean and dry her ears afterwards.
Filtered water for dogs is just the best option. Especially for those who have a more delicate digestive system or a weaker immune system like small breeds or older dogs. Clean, filtered water will keep your pet healthy and strong throughout their life because clean water helps their cells regrow and thrive.
As of July 7th, 2022 – Risk is HIGH for pets and hoomans, we recommend you do not allow dogs to ingest algae or swim in Lady Bird Lake or Lake Austin - this includes Emma Long, Festival Beach, Red Bud Isle, and Auditorium Shores. For monitoring data for local watering holes, click here.
Some of the contaminants in Tap Water that can cause problems in our dogs include: coli – Though most E. coli strains are harmless, there are dangerous strains in public water supplies can be very problematic. Coli can cause appetite loss, diarrhea, vomiting, malaise/weakness, and lethargy in dogs.
Dogs’ eyes only have two cones. This means that not only can they not perceive the colors red or green, but they can’t perceive shades containing either of those colors, such as pink, purple, and orange.
1.- Collapsible water bowl. It’s an easy thing to forget, but your dog can’t drink from your canteen.
Waterproof bag. Keep treats and other snacks dry while canoeing or kayaking with your pooch in a waterproof bag.
First aid items for dogs.
ABSOLUTELY yes, they allowed in the lake.
Best Pet-Friendly Things to Do in Austin- Let your dog off-leash at Red Bud Isle Dog Park.
Shop local with your dog at Barton Creek Farmers Market.
Enjoy nature without leaving Downtown Austin at Lady Bird Lake.
Dog-Friendly hiking at Barton Creek Greenbelt.
Explore the vibrant gardens of Zilker Botanical Garden.
At Barton Springs Pool, there is a strict no-dog policy. Just beyond the fencing of Barton Springs Pool however, the water runs off into Barton Creek. The spot is lovingly called “Barking Springs” because dogs are allowed.
Unfortunately, our decks are not pet friendly. Only service animals with registered documentation in compliance with ADA regulations ( Click here for Compliance ) are allowed. Please do not leave your fur babies in your car.
Bottled water is generally perfectly safe for dogs.
Remember that your dog has a different bodily function from you, and the amount of chemical additives in tap water may be too much for your pooch’s smaller system. The taps may also be riddled with mold and mildew, which can cause stomach upset for Fido.
What About Bottled Water for Dogs? If you opt to give your dog bottled water, Undesser advises pet parents to look for certified products. “In most cases, that bottled water has used the same membrane that is in all these other products, whether it’s a pitcher, a faucet mount, or reverse osmosis,” she says.
Short answer – not really. Most of these bacterial and viral infections are transmitted from dog to human by way of dog bite. The one disease mentioned above that could potentially spread via the swapping of bodily fluids including saliva and water is Leptospira, with an incubation period of up to 10 days.
If an animal or human puts soil, water or feces containing roundworm eggs into his mouth, he becomes infected with the parasite. When roundworm eggs are excreted in or near a pond, the pond water also can harbor the parasites.
Active dogs need around 20-30 minutes of pure swimming for a good workout while others might only need 10-15 minutes. A dog’s swimming workout can vary depending on their personality, age, and overall health. What is this? Some dogs are more into it than others so everything from 5 to 60 minutes is possible.
One of the common causes of diarrhea in dogs worldwide is giardia, a parasite that dogs get from drinking from puddles, lakes, streams, or other sources of stagnant water.
Because dogs tend to drink less water than cats, spring water is often recommended for dogs as it is generally fresher and easier to drink.
By providing filtered water for your pets to drink, you are also supporting their health. We are all aware that bacteria is present in standard tap water. However, just like us humans, this bacteria can make pets ill. Especially if they are exposed to particular types of bacteria.
Animals, like humans, need water to survive. And, like humans, animals are about 80% water. So, most animal experts will agree that pets should be given the same quality water as humans: bottled and/or filtered.
While there were no toxins found in the latest sampling of the algae (Oct, 2020), the City of Austin is still recommending that all pet owners do not let their pets/dogs swim or drink the water in Lady Bird Lake.