A press release from Sainsbury's pet insurance just in shows that it may just be safer to stay on the sofa!
"It is estimated that every year insurers settle some 25,800 pet insurance claims, worth around £4.92 million, linked to lacerations, and a number of these will be caused by chasing and catching sticks. This can cause scratches or cuts to the skin or damage the lining of the mouth, which can lead to serious illnesses such as septicaemia, due to the foreign bacteria carried on sticks.
"In addition to this, dogs playing in ponds can be exposed to poisonous algae which can lead to vomiting and diarrhoea. Sainsbury’s Finance estimates that insurers pay out £9.30 million in claims settlements linked to pets vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea, some of which is undoubtedly linked to being exposed to bacteria, for example from drinking pond water."
Oh dear! Our Oscar prefers our stagnant pond water over Evian any day of the week.
And sticks. He cleverly runs through the undergrowth attaching as many as possible to his flowing locks then spends the rest of the day removing them, crunching them up and then eating them.
In fact, must check his insurance is up to date!