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My friend has invited me to his house out in the country for steaks and Samantha is invited too. When he found out she was a labradoodle he said how she would love swimming in one of his ponds. He has two big ponds. I am not sure about the pond swimming because I would not swim in the water, but I also would not chew rocks are drink from mud puddles. I added my first poll to see how many doodle owners would allow their doodles to pond swim.
 

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Easy to tell it was my first poll I messed it up. Please just reply.
 

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If it is standing water I would be concerned about Giardia. I would not let Tanner swim in water that I wouldn't swim in.
 

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Isn't there a giardia vaccine? Our vet asked me if the dogs would be swimming in ponds and I said yes - so she vaccinated them against something - I thought it was giardia (I'm at work - I don't have the papers with me).

I walk in the conservation lands all the time and it would be hopeless to try to keep Iris out of the ponds...
 

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I don't know if there is a giardia vaccine. But I do know about the vaccine you mentioned. Abbey has that . . . it's called Lepto and protects your dog against germs in streams and rivers and lakes I guess. It used to be part of the Distemper-Parvo vaccine. But since many dogs don't get out in the world it is now a separate vaccine. Giardia germs are found in standing water and as far as I know there is not a vaccine for it.
 

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Riley goes in our pond, and it is standing water but we put chemicals and dye in there every year and even I swim in... But I think if they dont swim in it, neither should the dogs...
 

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what time of farm, do farm animals spend time in the ponds? if so NO

If it's stagnent water I would not let Annabelle play or drink from it. If it has run off into the pond, where does it come from, could be pestisides and other nasties in there.

I agree, if I would not go in it, I would not let my doggie go in it.
 

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There is a Giardia vaccine and Tanner was vaccinated....It did not work. He still got Giardia and I won't have him vaccinated again :twisted:
 

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IF it's running water yes.........but standing water in a pond, i'd have my concerns possibly.
 

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MaxandMe said:
i'd have my concerns possibly.
Dont be so straight forward. Beat around the bush a little.
 

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hahahhaa We have a 70ft wide creek that is 20ft deep in my yard
as i have a 300ft frontage....its running water so i let them swim in it

HERE in rochester NY many people have either treated their ponds thus chemicals are in it and/or got rid of ponds due to West Nile Virus in the past.

so that's why i'd have concerns...i haven't dealt with giardia but a few like Annie and Tanner have, it wasn't fun at all
 

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Cinnamon swims in our small lake/large pond (it's 3& 1/2 acres). It will drain during a rain, but for the most part is spring fed with run off from the field across the road during a rain event. She has never had a problem with anything from our lake/pond and neither has any other dog/human that has swam in it.

Cinnamon had a bad infection as a pup from my sister's home on a huge private lake (over 100 acres) and had a bad case of diarrhea. This lake has a beach that residents swim at not far from my sister's place. I won't let Cinnamon swim there again. Too long of a trip home with a doodle that's sick. (600 miles!) I'm assuming this lake was tested for bacteria but maybe not. I would not go swimming there knowing what I know about the place.
 

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I would be concerned. Lepto is a concern especially in the midwest and is transmitted via standing water.

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cracker9ball said:
My friend has invited me to his house out in the country for steaks and Samantha is invited too. When he found out she was a labradoodle he said how she would love swimming in one of his ponds. He has two big ponds. I am not sure about the pond swimming because I would not swim in the water, but I also would not chew rocks are drink from mud puddles. I added my first poll to see how many doodle owners would allow their doodles to pond swim.
A yes vote here!! This pond is on a small ranch that does dog training and there has never been a problem with any of the dogs. I also let Dakota swim in the lake where our vacation house is. Unless there is a known problem, I don't think there is that often an issue . . .

 

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If the water looks nasty or smells I would vote no. Otherwise I'd let them swim. I also would try to keep her from drinking too much from it.
 

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As part of his duties as "goose dog" of our local golf course Bubba has on occasion found his way into one of the many ponds there...with no ill effects that a bath wouldnt cure. He is a dog and enjoys being so as much as is possible.
 

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Denver swims in places that I do not.
You be the judge when you see for yourself.
That is what I do so................
My vote is Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Thank you for your replies. I agree with everyone. I want her to be a dog and do what dogs do, but I also baby her and worry. I agree that the decision will probably come when me and Samantha see the pond. I am scared of her getting sick, but dogs need to be dogs. Dogs can handle alot of things we cant.

Anymore opinoins would be greatly appreciated.
 
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