As the warmth of summer approaches, most people begin to head outdoors and enjoy the weather. One of the most enjoyable pastimes of the season is water play. Be it the beach, lake or backyard pool, enjoying the water is a great way to relax. If you own a dog, chances are you bring your furry friend along for the fun. Although dogs are natural swimmers, as an owner, there are a number of things you need to do to ensure your dog remains safe while in the water.
When you are applying your sunscreen, make certain you aren't forgetting about your dog. Particularly if your dog is of a hairless breed, of a light color or has a short coat. Dogs with these characteristics are more prone to damage from the sun so you want to ensure you are applying a light coat of sunscreen just before you head outdoors.
When shopping for sunscreen, look for options that are fragrance free. Fragranced sunscreen might cause your dog to lick it off. It's also important to avoid options with zinc, as it can be toxic. Look for an option that has been especially designed for dogs.
If this is the first time you will be taking your dog to the water with you, take some time to practice recall skills first. A dog with strong recall skills is one that will easily come to you when you call for them. In the event that there is pending danger in the water, you want to be sure your dog will quickly return to you.
Have Fresh Water on Hand
Especially if you are planning to take your dog to the beach, make sure you are bringing along fresh water. Saltwater is great for swimming, but terrible for consumption. Drinking saltwater can leave your dog's stomach upset. Saltwater can also lead to dehydration and vomiting.
You can discourage your dog from drinking the saltwater by having fresh, cool water on hand. Make it a point to call your dog out of the water every so often so they can get a drink. It's also helpful to rinse your dog with fresh water before leaving to remove the saltwater from their coat, as it can dry it out.
The more effort you put into ensuring your dog is protected, the more confident you will be that your dog is safe. Make certain you're keeping your dog's safety in the water a priority. If your dog needs a vet appointment, visit Apple Valley Animal Hospital.