We all just assume that dogs can swim, after all they have descended from wild animals right? While a swimming instinct is built in to most modern breeds, swimming both in a pool and beach does pose a threat to our lovable furry family members. Especially if proper precautions are not taken. Here are some quick tips on how to keep your dogs safe around the water this Summer, but also warning signs to watch out for after they go for a swim
- Dogs DO need to learn to swim. They need to become familiar with the water environment, the feeling of buoyancy, and effort needed to stay afloat. While their natural instincts will kick in faster than most humans, they cannot simply be exposed to a swimming situation and be expected to thrive immediately.
- KNOW YOUR BREED - Got a lab? Chances are they will love the water and take to it right away. But what about breed such as Pugs, Bulldogs, and Bassets? These breed will need to be taught how to swim and may not ever learn to become strong swimmers. Their body shape, size, and proportions simply make it difficult and sometimes impossible for them to swim.
- LIFE VESTS! Going out on the boat? Get a life vest for your dog! Check out our selection here, or pick one up locally. Just be absolutely sure you don't forget this inexpensive and potentially life saving piece of gear
- EARS - Water can and will likely get into your dogs ear where it poses a very real threat of an ear infection. So clean and dry your dogs ears immediately after swimming.
- PESTS - Especially after being at a beach or other open body of water. The sand fleas, regular fleas, ticks, and other biting insects would love to hitch a ride on your pup. Even if you are on point with flea-tick doses, be sure to check your pup thoroughly after their swim. Additionally, other more difficult to spot parasites and unwanted guests can hitch a ride. Such as parasites, roundworm eggs, broken shells, jellyfish parts, and the sand...OMG the sand! Anyone with a double coated or long haired dog knows just how difficult it can be to get the sand out.
- LIMBER TAIL- While retrievers are especially prone to this condition, it can occur with any long tailed dog. First, let us say that you should always contact your vet if you are concerned about your dogs health or well being. CONTACT YOUR VET before believing everything you see on the internet ;) With that said, Limber Tail can occur rapidly after a long or rigorous day in the water. It may look like your dogs tail is broken or "limp". It is typically not indicative of a physical problem, rather a symptom of fatigue. And the treatment usually involves a lot of rest and possibly some mild pain killers. But again, TALK TO YOUR VET as they are the experts who know your pet personally
We've got all kinds of gear to help you enjoy the summer swimming season and look good doing it. From cooling water bowls, to special shoes and socks, and of course all the great beach and nautical themed collars, leads, and harnesses