Thursday, May 3, 2012

Does your dog love water from the garden hose? Be careful, there may be dangers lurking there.

Does your dog like to play with or drink water from the garden hose?

I know my sis Gracie does, it's one of her favorite summer activities, besides agility of course!

But there are dangers lurking in some of the garden hoses on the market that you need to know about.

The Ecology Center, a membership-based, nonprofit environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, conducted a recent study of toxic chemicals in gardening products.

They found "high amounts of lead, phthalates and the toxic chemical BPA were all found in the water of a new hose after sitting outside in the sun for just a few days," according to researchers at the Ecology Center. They also indicate that "such chemicals have been linked to birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, premature births and early puberty in laboratory animals, among other serious health problems." Read more about the study.

Drinking Water Safe 1/2in Diameter Hose 50ftSo what's a dog to do?

1. Purchase only PVC, lead free and drinking water safe hoses available on the market that won't harbor dangerous chemicals. We've added a few options below.
2. Let the water run for a about 15 seconds before drinking, since the water that sits in the hose contains the most unwanted elements and be sure to store your hose out of the sun and heat.
3. Find more tips on safer hoses from HealthyStuff.org.

Be safe, be safer!

Drinking Water Safe 1/2in Diameter Hose 50ft

Drinking Water Safe Coil Hose 3/8In Diameter 50ft Google

8 comments:

Kolchak Puggle said...

Wow! I would never have even thought of that! Were going to share your post on our weekly blog round up to help spread the word.

Designer Dog Collars said...

I found this very helpful thank you!

Donald Lee said...

Oh wow, didn't know that. Thanks for the information. So bathing a dog in a tub outside has its danger. Better let the water run for 15 secs before filling the tub with water. You never know when it's going to take a drink.

Shan said...

Very helpful article and not too many people pay attention to the dangers. I found something really cool called the WaterDog.

Check it out:

http://www.entirelypets.com/waterdog.html

Gracie said...

Love your ideas from this site. I'm glad you're letting people know about some of these things to look out for.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for letting us know!

E Bowden said...

Interesting. I had not really thought about this particular issue either. I know we have a hose that sits outside, I will have to check what it's made of and keep it out of the sun. Thanks.

I like the blog!

gina@dawsondogs.com said...

I would have never guessed that there would be that many chemicals in the hose. My dog loves drinking out of the hose so much I installed a <a href="http:www.dawsondogs.com/catalog/item/8508403/9349453.htm>motion sensor drinking fountain for her</a>. She loves the fresh water especially on these how summer days.