Warm weather is around the corner, and fingers crossed, Summer 2021 will be quite an upgrade from 2020!
Open parks and beaches mean one thing for many canines: SWIMMING. Whether it be a pool, the ocean, a lake, or a sprinkler, some dogs can’t resist the urge to submerge. Smiles and doggy paddles will be aplenty this year, but there are some things dog owners should be aware of before you and your furry friend cool off on a hot summer day.
Tips for the Pool: Avoid Swimmer’s Itch
A popular phrase among swimmers, “swimmer’s itch” refers to the effects extended exposure to water can have on our skin. More often than not, chlorine and the various chemicals found in pool water are the culprit. Dogs, like humans, feel these negative skin effects.
Symptoms of Skin Irritation in Dogs Caused by Pool Water:
- Dry Skin
- Skin Redness & Inflammation
- Itchy Skin
- Ear Infections
Dogs’ coats can also be damaged by pool water. If you’re lucky enough to have a dog-friendly pool at your disposal, drying your dog extensively after their swim can greatly decrease the negative effects brought on by overexposure to pool water.