Protecting your dog from electrocution
16 reported incidents of dogs being shocked or electrocuted
in Boston over the last five years, the odds are remote
that taking your dog for a walk will risk injury or death.
But if you're concerned, here are some precautions you can
Buy dog booties, ideally those made of rubber, which will
insulate the dog from any stray current underground.
Avoid walking through salt-laden slush or puddles, because
saline water can conduct stray voltage.
Keep your dog from walking over manholes or metal grates.
you know of locations on your walk route where city lamp
poles were removed or major electrical construction occurred
recently, consider avoiding them, just in case the wires
were not properly secured.
rubber boots when walking so you’ll be grounded from
electricity and can rescue your dog if it steps on a live
you think your dog has been shocked, seek veterinary care
immediately. Internal injuries and burned paw pads may not
be immediately apparent.
Angell Animal Medical Center, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Globe research Source: Boston Globe