Written by Jade Walton: Transforming Lives Trainee
Here at Froglife we love our four-legged companions and know how important daily exercise is for our beloved dogs. While there is no harm in letting your dog swim in many different bodies of water, it is highly encouraged to steer them clear of ponds, especially during amphibian breeding season, and here are some reasons why:
- If you have used a spot-on flea or tick treatment on your dog, this can get into the pond water and possibly harm the invertebrate population of the pond. These invertebrates are a crucial part of the pond’s ecosystem and are a major food source for many amphibians.
- Dogs swimming in a pond can easily disrupt the mating behaviours of amphibians, making it less likely for the amphibians to use the pond as a breeding pond.
- If the pond has been used to breed, the arrival of an enthusiastic pup can damage any eggs or spawn that have been laid, or even harm any tadpoles or efts (baby newts) that may have hatched.
- Some ponds are artificial. This means pond liner may have been used to ensure water remains in the pond rather than soaking into the ground. If dogs are often running and jumping into a pond made with an artificial liner, this can damage and degrade the liner over time, likely causing the liner to rip and the pond to leak which cannot always be fixed.
If your dog loves a swim, it’s best for them to stick to larger bodies of water, such as, lakes, rivers, or the sea. If they are a real water lover, it may be best to keep them on the lead when around ponds as we know how tempting a good old dip can be.
You can find more information on this subject by visiting our #PawsAgainstPonds Campaign Page.