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 :(
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
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!
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.....