6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe Around Water –Beach, Lake and Pool

Here’s help for to you protect your dog in water and sun.

1. USE SUNSCREEN FORMULATED FOR DOGS

Dogs get sunburned too.  Especially their noses, ears and abdomens.  Choose a dog sunscreen made with ingredients repellent to dogs to keep them from licking it. Dog sunscreen should be free of zinc oxide, PABA, salicylates, and fragrance, and a minimum SPF of 35.  Some well-reviewed brands are EPI PET Sun Protective Spray, My Dog Nose It Balm and PetKin Doggie Sun Stick.

2. BEACH SAND, ASPHAULT PARKING LOTS AND CONCRETE WALKWAYS CAN GET VERY HOT

Beach sand made of coral is naturally cool.  Check the sand with your own bare feet—if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for fido.

Paw wax can help by providing a layer of protection for hot beach sand, asphalt parking lots and concrete walkways.  

Some well-reviewed brands are: Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Wax, Bodie Dog Organic Paw Protection Wax and Natural Dog Company Paw Protection Wax.

3. WATCH FOR JELLYFISH and SEA LICE

Scan the water and beach for jellyfish—some can be quite small. Be aware of sea lice that can cause itchy red bumps on your pet.

4. SALT WATER

Salt can be irritating to paws and skin.  A many dogs will drink salty water. Rinse salt water and sand from your dog’s coat after swimming and always clean and dry ears after a swim. Water that remains in ears, especially from a dirty lake, can result in a bacterial ear infection.

A few gulps here and there is unlikely to harm your pet but, be sure to keep plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog, so they are not tempted to find another source of refreshment. 

5. LIFE VESTs are ESSENTIAL FOR BOATING.

When choosing which life vest will work best, look for one that fastens at three points and has a handle on the back, making it easy for you to lift your dog out of the water.

6. UMBRELLA, POP UP PLAYPENS AND MOSTQUITO NETS.  

Always provide a cool place to rest and relax.  You and I may want to sun-bathe, but dogs should not.  Umbrella, playpens and nets are a great way to protect your pup.

Published by Stephanie Fling

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