July 1st, 2011
|So your pup is having a great time in the sand and your visit to the beach is thus far a success. But now your canine friend is ready to take a refreshing dip and safety needs to be considered. Although most dogs can swim, there are great differences in ability and no dog should be left to swim unattended. Oceans, rivers and even inland lakes can have strong currents and undertows. Make sure that you are familiar with the local conditions before your pooch puts a paw in the water. Stay on the lookout for seaborne predators including jellyfish, which can make easy targets of swimming dogs. Swimming in moving water is very strenuous so closely watch your pet for signs of fatigue and exhaustion. Also, do your best to keep your pooch from drinking sea water. It can cause dehydration.
D. P. Hesano is a co-founder of the online dog wellness supply shop FidoDogTreats.com