Special to the Sun
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; If your dogs love their time on the lake as much as mine do, theyand#8217;ll be begging you to take them paddling this summer. Here are some safety tips to help your pup have fun in the sun.
and#8226; Life vests. Theyand#8217;re not just for people anymore! We carry the Outward Hound style at DogGoneCrazy, itand#8217;s our favorite because itand#8217;s easy to get on our wriggly pups, and it has a conveniently located handle for helping our dogs onto watercraft.
and#8226; Water. We stash a collapsible water bowl in our day pack when we go out hiking or boating. Our lake water is perfectly safe for drinking, but a fresh water supply is especially important for dogs that are going out on the ocean; sea water will cause an upset stomach and make your dogand#8217;s dehydration worse.
and#8226; Sun block. We like Water Babies waterproof sunblock for dogs. If your dog has an unpigmented nose, or regions of allopecia (thin or lacking hair coat) apply a generous layer of sunblock every two hours while playing on the water.
and#8226; Sand. Remember, that sand can get really hot! We humans usually wear water shoes, so we may be unaware of that hot hot sand. Doggie patients are often tempted to eat sand and#8212; they and#8220;catchand#8221; shellfish, and can ingest quantities of sand in the and#8220;hunt.and#8221; Sand ingestion can cause stomach upset including vomiting and diarrhea.
and#8226; Whitewater. Beware of whitewater runs when rafting or kayaking with your pup. Dogs, like people, can panic in river rapids. Itand#8217;s best to portage around rapids until your dog has become accustomed to them. Beware of underwater obstacles as well, branches and rocks can cause problems such as entrapment and injury.
Weand#8217;re looking forward to a wonder summer filled with fun in the sun! Donand#8217;t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about your dogs and cats as this beautiful season unfolds.
and#8212; Dr. Montana co-owns the Agate Bay Animal Hospital and DogGoneCrazy. Visit her at http://www.AgateBayAnimalHospital.com or call 530-546-7522.
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