Ear problems are the second most common reason dog owners take their dog to the veterinarian, according to a survey by Veterinary Pet Insurance.
Wet ear canals can predispose a dog to ear infections. it is important to dry your dog’s ears after she has been swimming. If water gets into an ear, wipe the opening gently with a cotton ball.
Retriever breeds may have an obsession to fetch balls or sticks in the water. Some dogs will do this to the point of exhaustion, so be cautious. Using a canine life jacket when your dog is in and around the water will allow for fast rescue in swift currents, ocean waves, or when your dog has reached a point of exhaustion. Dogs tend to hold their tails high and use them as rudders in the water. One of the first signs of a fatigue or stress is a dog dragging its tail in the water.
Lake swimming in Barrie is fun for dogs but may create problems with By - Law Officers. If you dog likes the lake , avoid any water that appears top have algae and be very careful about Zebra Mussel shells on the shoreline. They are razor sharp and can cause cut paws. Also, ponds and lakes in the county may contain materials toxic to dogs such as fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides that are "run-off'' from area farms. Larger lakes where motor-boating is allowed might have higher concentrations of motor oil. If you are on a boat and your dog jumps from it, make sure there is a logical way to get the dog back in.
Many dogs enjoy a plunge in the pool with their owners during the warm summer months. Most "pool people" will tell you that chlorine is safe at the levels used in pools. Humans swim in it and occasionally will ingest some water accidentally without great harm. A dog's eyes, nose and ears are more sensitive than a human's and as such may be a tad more susceptible to the effects of chlorine. You don't want the dog to drink large amounts of chlorine. Some dogs think of the pool as one big personal dog bowl to lap up, not unlike the toilet bowl. This behavior should be discouraged.
Dog safety around water should be approached in the same way you would treat child safety. Start with common sense and consider getting a floatation device that fits your dog. An easy way to skirt a lot of the danger of swimming is to purchase a " kiddie pool'' for pets. Sprinklers and kiddie pools are effective and safer for dogs that are older or impaired, or for breeds that don't swim. Water from the hose is sufficient, and chlorine isn't necessary. Wading or splashing is fun for dogs, and has the same cooling effect as a large body of water.
For more water safety tips for dogs contact the veterinarians at Baldry Veterinary Housecall Services in Barrie, Ontario