It's a little intimidating to blog now that so many of you folks have recently subscribed and are expecting deep, profound nuggets to chew on! I'm having performance anxiety! So I thought if I couldn't be thought provoking, I could at least go for heroic. And nothing is more heroic than saving lives, right? With the warmer weather approaching, we often head for bodies of water to stay cool. And of course you will take your best friend, but there are things to consider before your outing on the boat, to the pool, or other aquatic playground.
Scuba dog photo courtesy of zebedee.zebedee.
One would think that we dogs intrinsically know what to do around water - after all, we have our own swim stroke named after us. This may or may not be the case, however. Obviously, dogs with the word "water" in their breed name such as the Portuguese Water Dog (now famous thanks to our First Dog) will take better to water than stout breeds such as the Basset Hound, Pugs, Dachshunds, Bulldogs, and Boxers. Very slender dogs such as whippets and greyhounds also struggle in the water. Small dogs may be able to swim, but their lighter mass makes them more susceptible to hypothermia.
So are these breeds doomed to spending the dog days of summer on dry land? Where there is a will, there is a way, friends! And I have searched the world for the best products to ensure you get to spend all of your activities together in health and safety... and look good while doing it too!
The Life Vest
The life jacket is the most important part of your dog's boating and pool party wardrobe, even though we have lots of smashing beach and nautical-themed attire. The fit of the life vest is integral to the function: If it's too loose, it may slip off. If it's too tight, it may not provide enough flotation, or make your dog very uncomfortable. We've provided detailed measuring instructions and measurements to give the best fit. Bright colors with reflective portions will make it easier to spot your dog. Note the handle on the top to facilitate easy rescues.
Even for dogs that are comfortable swimming, supervision is important so that they don't become lost, cold, disoriented with waves, or over tired. Lead your dog to where they can get out to prevent drowning from fatigue. If the water conditions are questionable (dirty or foul odor) do not let your dog swim to prevent exposure to pathogens or chemicals that might make your dog sick. Wash your dog thoroughly to rinse off any contaminants, taking special care with the ears to prevent infections.
The Eyes Have It
Don't forget that reflective surfaces such as water, sand, and concrete can be hard on your pup's peepers. Investing in UV protection with Doggles can help prevent cataracts and make your pet much more comfortable. Not to mention that dogs in shades just look amazingly stylish! The first photo with Ziva, the sunbathing golden retriever, is wearing our Doggles K9 Optix Sunglasses in Silver.
Fashionable Finds with a Purpose
Extend your dogs style and safety with an extra layer of UV protection. For dogs with very short or limited hair, sunscreen is important. Tanks and Tees not only look amazing, but they also protect fragile skin. Hawaiian or nautical-themed attire brings a festive mood to any occasion! (I was really just looking for an excuse to share one of my favorite photos of the twins, Sassy and Allie! Sigh.)
We've had some great photos and stories you've submitted of warm-weather adventures, and we hope you'll keep them coming! We just love our BaxterBoo fans and hope these tips will keep you all safe!