"Dogs are immune, to an extent, to many of the bugs and nasties in normal water in ponds and rivers; but the floods are washing up all sorts of sewage, and diseases spread by the likes of rats to which dogs would never otherwise be exposed will be present in flood water.
"And with some homes in flood-hit areas being without heating, there is also the danger of frostbite in extreme circumstances for dogs that have not dried out after a dunking in floodwater.
"We’d strongly recommend keeping dogs away from floodwater, to ensure they don’t get too cold, and to ensure the obvious: fresh, clean water is readily available to them."
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