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.
So 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