Pet Safety- Blue Green Algae and fish ponds and birds of prey taking small dogs

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Real Estate Services with Canopy Insurance, LLC

I recently installed a 2500 gallon fish pond and waterfall at my new house.  Shortly thereafter I started hearing stories about dogs dying from exposure to certain types of algae blooms.  Does anyone know if a UV clarifier that turns over 3500 gallons an hour would keep this problem from occurring?  My dogs are very precious to me and really aren't allowed to run around unsupervised but now that I know this can be so deadly it's got me worried to let them go near my pond at all :(

A newly installed Koi pond and waterfall 

There are a couple other warnings out there for you pet lovers that I want to make sure to share.  I belong to an online community of Brussels Griffon owners and learned from some members that grapes and raisins  can be fatal.  Additionally, I want to make anyone out here who has never thought about it ACUTELY aware of just how dangerous birds of prey are for our tiny dogs.  My smallest is less than 5 pounds so he would be an easy snack for an owl or hawk.  In fact, I've heard of at LEAST 9 occurrences of small dogs being grabbed by hawks or owls; most commonly it's been a Pomeranian and a startling number of these situations have happened within 6 feet of the owner and occasionally while the dog is still leashed :( It's just something I never really thought about until after I had small dogs for a while so PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR PRECIOUS ONES!!

Here's my solution:

Inside, there is temperature control and no access to any household items that might be problematic

 

Inside dog pen 

Then, when they want to, if it's nice outside, they can run through the wall to the outdoor doggy condo!  It's completely covered so big birds can't get them and has an alarm system.  Since this photo heavy rubber mats have been placed throughout with a small area remaining in gravel so the potty area can easily drain.  There are also two great dane sized houses in the outside area in case it's a nice night to camp out!

Outside dog pen

If any of you are aware of other concerns or any inventive solutions that would help us keep our pets safe I sure would like to hear about them.....

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Becky, thanks for the info on the Algae bloom! My Koi pond is actually in the entry of my home and even though it's only 900 gallons I have a UV light in my main filer as well. All the same my dogs don't bother much with it and even the cats don't drink from it but I'll definitely know now to proceed with caution when we are out on our walks to steer the dogs away from anyone's outdoor ponds. I thought I'd share a photo of my pond with you...

  

 Cheers, Emily~Celebrate Staging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 22, 2008 11:21 PM
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Becky Reid
Canopy Insurance, LLC

Alexandra-

Thanks so much for sharing pics of your pond.  I love it!  I would think that since it's indoors, you wouldn't have to worry about blooms as badly but caution is never a bad idea!

 

Becky

 

February 24, 2008 07:16 PM
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Jennifer Esposito
JenRan Realty, LLC
There have been a couple of occasions when I was walking my Chihuahua and a hawk circled overhead.  All I could picture was the hawk with my Chi in its talons and me holding the leash as if flying a live kite.  Scary! 
I love your dogs' enclosure. 
February 25, 2008 07:27 PM
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Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging
STAGING SMART N SOLD

Large owls can also take small dogs as prey.  Thanks for the informative post.

Kathy

February 25, 2008 07:48 PM
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Gayle Balaban
E. TN Waterfront Real Estate
The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E
We poodle owners hve discussed this on our list too.  Oxygenated water will not produce this condition only stagnant water allows algae to grow.  Leptosporosis is another concern and small bodies of standing water are often the culprit.  ALso, no matter what size dog you have be very aware of raccoons especially at night. There is a large prevalence of rabies in the raccoon population and any raccoon can tear even a big dog apart.
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