Dogs that swim need coat care, too
Certain breed’s instinctually love to swim. However there are factors that can ruin your dog’s coat. The following tips can help make them happy swimmers.
Pool Dogs - When dogs go in the pool the chlorine can often make them suffer from dry, itchy skin and deplete all of the natural oils that the coat desperately needs. The chlorine may even turn a light colored coat a greenish color and can bleach out dark colored coat. Spray on a coat conditioner prior to swimming, this will protect the skin and coat from drying, one with a sun screen is even better.
At the end of the day rinse the coat thoroughly with cool water. Always rinse longer that you think is necessary to remove all chemicals from the hair and skin. If you have a long-haired breed towel dry or blow dry if needed. After they are completely dry, spray another application of coat conditioner. If you decide to give a full bath make sure that you use a gentle moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that will help to restore moisture to the coat.
Beach Dogs - The sun, salt and sand are fun but if the coat is not cared for you will end up with an itchy dog. Pack the following items with you on your vacation; doggy sunscreen, bag balm, bristle brush and extra towel. When you are done with your day at the beach, brush your dog well to dislodge the sand, brush against the grain, then with it. Use the beach showers and rinse your dog from head to toe, make sure you cover the ears and nose while rinsing, and use your fingers to loosen sand and salt. Check the pads of the paws to make sure the hot concrete and sand is not too hard on the paw-pads. Put some bag balm on the pads prior to arrival at the beach and after the rinse. Dogs that visit the ocean often may need a soothing bath at least once a week.
Lake and River Dogs – Lakes have stagnant, muddy water, not all lakes and rivers are dangerously dirty, but many contain high levels of pollutants, and slime, and even leeches. It is better to be safe than sorry, you should give your dog a bath after his dip, scrubbing down to the skin with a good shampoo and conditioner.
Please remember to dry the inside your dogs’ ears well. If he/she swims a lot, weekly applications of ear wash should be used to keep ears infection-free. If you see your dog shaking his head or see any redness inside the ear canal consult your veterinarian. Ear infections if left un-attended will spread deep inside the ear canal and can be painful.
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