PSA: Don’t Let Your Dog Eat Boat Scrapings

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Babka sings Row Row Row Your Boat when she goes boating. But she also is demonstrating boats AND a danger with dogs. If you are around boats and dogs, make sure that scraped mussel debris from the bottom of boats is deposited in the garbage properly. Dogs who eat mussel (‘dark false mussels’ is the actual mussel name) debris from scrapings of the boats can die from liver failure. This has been seen in Maryland water areas. We love our dogs and your dogs too!!! So be safe out there. #boats . . . #safety #safetyfirst #oysters #seafood #trash #debris #marine #maritime #boating #oars #sing #singing #song #love #luv #need #music #beautifuldog #cleanup #clean #row #rowboat #rowing #maryland #ocean #river #bay #curls #furbaby

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Hey Guys, This is just an alert I wanted you all to know about. (Especially if you know anyone in the Maryland Area.) During this time, boats and boat landings are being scraped clean. Don’t let your dogs eat this stuff. Mussel debris from a mussel called ‘dark false mussel’ can cause liver failure in dogs. Dogs have been dying from eating these mussel scrapings. So, throw out all these scrapings. Sounds weird but, get the word out. We love our pupsters!!


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Dr. Alice has spent her life embracing and advocating the animal human bond through her work as a traditional and a public health veterinarian, a writer, and vlogger on dogsenjoylife. Some people love expensive vacations and shopping but all Dr. Alice needs is time with her pets.

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