Spending time at the lake or river can be a great way to enjoy the weather on a beautiful summer day, but if you plan on taking your dog with you, it is important to take steps to protect your pet against some common safety threats. In particular, the following couple of tips can help you to reduce the risks posed by two commonly overlooked health and safety hazards.
Use Flotation Devices
Your dog may love to swim and play in the water, but it is a reality that drowning is a very real threat for your pet. It is possible for your pet to get extremely tired due to fighting currents or becoming confused about where to swim. To minimize the risk of your pet experiencing these problems, it is possible to put specially designed flotation devices on them.
These devices will usually fit around your pet's midsection, and it will help to minimize the effort they must expend in order to stay above water. Typically, these flotation devices can be purchased from most veterinarian offices or major pet supply stores. While they can seem expensive or may make your pet appear silly, the safety benefits of opting for these flotation aids can be more than worth these inconveniences or expenses.
Protect Your Dog's Skin Against Sun And Insect Damage
Unfortunately, threats from the water are not the only issues that your pet will need to avoid. It is also possible for the skin to suffer damage from either prolonged exposure to the intense heat of the sun as well as irrigation and insect bites. Fortunately, you can avoid these problems by applying a specially formulated sunscreen to the face and belly as well as applying a dog-safe insect repellent. To ensure that these substances are providing the best protection possible, you will need to make sure that you reapply them every couple of hours. At the end of the day, make sure to give your dog a bath to rinse away these substances and prevent its coat from feeling greasy.
A day at the lake or river can be a great way to spend time with your family, and if you plan on taking your dog, it is important to take proactive steps to reduce some of the risks that may be encountered. In particular, using flotation aids and protecting the skin from sun and insect damage will help to keep your pet from suffering serious sun-related skin damage or disease from insect bites. Contact a company like Belle River Animal Clinic for more information or assistance with pet care.