For some dogs, there’s simply nothing better than playing a good game of fetch in the water. Tragically, an afternoon of repeated playtime in the water ended the life of a California family’s beloved dog.
According to Inside Edition, Jen Walsh’s two-year-old Schnauzer, “Hanz,” was enjoying a day of fun at the lake. His owners kept throwing sticks into the water, and Hanz eagerly bounded after them.
But after awhile it became apparent that something was wrong. Hanz began to stagger and seemed lethargic – his family described him as “acting drunk.” They even noted that despite being soaking wet from the lake water, he didn’t shake to get the water off of his fur.
The family knew that Hanz needed veterinary attention, especially when he lost the ability to walk – but the damage was done. The young dog had swallowed so much water that he suffered hyponatremia (low blood sodium). By the time the family arrived at the veterinarian, Hanz was gone.
Now the family wants others to know about the danger of water intoxication – and note the early signs which may indicate that a dog is in danger. Symptoms to watch for:
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