Lake Safety Tips
As temperatures continue to increase, so do our number of visits to the lake!
Most of us aren’t strangers to spending weekends on the water, but it can still be easy to overlook signs of danger and health risks. Whether you’re a proud new dog owner or a seasoned pet parent, remember these proactive lake safety tips to protect your wet-nosed loved ones this season.
1. Strap on a life vest
Canines are known for being excellent swimmers (hence the doggie paddle!), but a big rule in water safety is never assume a person or animal knows how to swim. Not all dogs take to the water well. Some breeds have low body fat or are prone to hip dysplasia, making it difficult for them to paddle. Older or out-of-shape pets fatigue easily and struggle to stay afloat. Other dogs just fear water, and anxiety hinders their respiration and swimming abilities when they accidentally fall in.
A life vest helps prevent drowning and keeps fur friends safe, especially when you’re distracted by the people and fun around you.
2. Apply sun protector
Our pets love playing in the water and basking in the sun, but excessive sun exposure without protection can be harmful to an animal’s health, just as it is for humans.
Pet-friendly sunscreens are starting to hit the market as people to realize dogs can also be susceptible to invasive skin cancers, such as squamous and melanoma. Although dog fur naturally protects most of the body from harmful rays, it doesn’t protect more-vulnerable areas like the nose, stomach and ears. Next time you’re on the lake, apply a thin layer of My Dog Nose It, a pet sun protector available at Healthy Pet, once every two hours. This natural, vegan and cruelty and paraben-free balm dries quickly, resists water and is made of safe ingredients.
Do not apply a human sunscreen to your pet. The chemicals in these formulas are toxic to animals and sometimes fatal if ingested.
3. Avoid a parched pooch
Dogs will need water more than ever after they’ve been swimming, playing and sunbathing. Make sure to pack drinkable water and a clean bowl in your beach bag.
While drinking from lakes or rivers isn’t extremely dangerous for dogs, it’s best they don’t ingest too much fluid from these sources. Natural bodies of water often contain high levels of microscopic protozoan organisms and hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides, which can be dangerous to your pet’s health if consumed. Keep your pooch hydrated with plenty of safe drinking water.
To ensure your pet is getting enough clean fluids, you should:
Provide fresh water
Place clean bowls in accessible spots
Add ice cubes to warm water
Direct attention to water bowl if found drinking from lake
Lastly, know the signs of dehydration. A dog needs water if you notice:
Loss of skin elasticity
Dry mouth and gums
Dark, sunken eyes
Dogs were born to play outside, so don’t start to overworry. The best practice of a responsible pet owner is to remain proactive about your dog’s health and safety and be prepared with the right products.
Shop life vests, sunscreens, water bowls and more at either Healthy Pet location!