Summertime Beach and Swimming Advice for Your Dog

Warm weather is beginning to appear around the county, and it is time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Many owners enjoy taking their dog to the beach, lake, or backyard pool in the summer and are concerned about potential sun, heat, or water hazards. While it's always ideal to see your veterinarian, here are a few pointers to keep you and your pet safe and happy.

The first thing to consider before venturing outside is the sun. Your dog, like humans, may get sunburned, thus they require sunscreen just like you! The bridge of their nose and the tips of their ears are two of their most sensitive areas. Furthermore, dogs with shorter and thinner hair are more prone to sunburn because they lack sufficient hair to protect their skin.

If you're planning to leave your dog outside for an extended period of time, apply sunscreen all over them. And don't forget that if you have one of those dogs who likes to rest in the sun and roll over to expose their tummies, this is an excellent location to apply sunscreen because there isn't much hair to cover them. And, certainly, you can utilize human sunscreen instead of purchasing anything special.

You should consider the temperatures on your feet as you and your dog step outside for a walk on the beach after applying sunscreen. If it's a hot day, you're barefoot, and walking on the concrete or sand burns your feet, keep in mind that your dog's feet will also get burned. Your dog should be protected by walking in the grass or waiting till it cools off since the pads of their paws are sensitive to scorching sand and hot concrete. As an alternative, some individuals prefer to purchase little booties with rubber soles for their pets to wear.

Is it okay to swim now that we've applied sunscreen and stepped out to the water? As we all know, it's a myth that people can't swim after eating, but what about our dogs? Their digestion mechanism is slower than ours, thus they may have food in their stomachs 3-4 hours after eating. It is fine for kids to swim after eating, however the issue is their level of effort.

If your canine companion has an empty stomach, this, along with effort, may cause nausea. So just be sure to take it easy on them and don't overwork them. If you're going swimming in the water, keep an eye out for jellyfish. If they get bitten, it will be obvious because they will bite the affected region, turn circles, and whine. Have some vinegar on hand to apply to the sting, and then go to the vet. And we all know that salty ocean water may dry out our skin, as well as dry out and scratch our dogs' skin. After you've finished playing and swimming in the ocean, wash your dog with clean water to prevent the salt from drying out their skin.

Sand fleas can also be found on the beach from time to time. However, if you put a standard flea solution on your dog, it will kill all sorts of fleas, including those bothersome ones at the beach. If you're heading out on a boat, make sure your dog is wearing a life vest. Yes, most dogs are excellent swimmers, but if they are too far from shore, they may become fatigued and have difficulties swimming to safety.