It should be the epitome of pure joy: a dog leaping off the dock and splashing into a lake on a sweltering summer day. But for some dog owners, the scene can quickly turn into tragedy.A summer haircut may help you feel more comfortable during hot, humid summer weather.
Is it safe to let my dog swim in a lake?
Lake – Larger lakes can be a fun and generally safe place for dogs. Avoid lakes with algae on the surface, as this can be toxic, causing ear/eye irritation and GI upset. Watch the shore for hazardous debris, and steer clear of any water that appears stagnant, dirty, or contains debris or trash.
Should I wash my dog after swimming in the lake?
For this reason, it's usually a good idea to give a dog a full-fledged bath after a dip in a lake or river. Comb out any tangled spots, wet the coat very thoroughly, and scrub all the way down to the skin with plenty of shampoos. Restore moisture with a good conditioner.
Dogs have bodily mechanisms, like sweating, panting, and shedding to keep themselves cool, but they’re still at more risk of overheating than we are. Feeling overheated can quickly turn to heat stroke, which is more common and serious for dogs than you may think. So during the summer months, it’s important to keep your pup as cool and comfortable as possible.
Don’t shave your dog. Dogs evolved to have hair for a reason, so removing it entirely puts their health and comfort at risk. Dogs have multiple layers of fur to protect them against the elements, including the hot summer sun. Body hair shields your dog’s body from harmful UV rays, which keeps the surface of their skin cooler.
Dogs, like kids, love to get messy and dirty when outdoors! Expect to get your dog regularly groomed or cleaned during the summer months. Depending on your dog, their breed, hair coat type, temperament, etc. this may mean more baths, more post-swim rinses, and regular hair cuts or more trips to the pet groomer for a combination of these needs.
Taking your dog to a river or lake can be a great way to make summer memories…and you’ll wind up with one cool canine on these hot summer days!
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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.