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Dogs and swimming on hot summer days

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

This week Vancouver hit 31C and many humans and dogs LOVE refreshing in cool water on these hot summer days. There are so many fun things to do for you and your pup, like playtime with sprinkler or kiddie pool in the yard. But more and more public places open their doors for canines as well, selected dog friendly beaches and lakes allow your furied to run and explore freely. There even is a variety of in- and outdoor canine pools offered in many areas. The choices are plenty!

We put together a little guide for you on what swimming environment to chose for your dog and which hazards to look out for.

First and foremost, swimming is great exercise, but never leave your dog unsupervised and always provide plenty of fresh drinking water before and during swimming!

Swimming can provide many many benefits for your pup, you can summarize some of the most important benefits as follows: it is cardiovascular exercise that improves circulation, it is joint friendly, it can aid pains and aches, and help in weight management.

The little lake you love is the biggest ocean for you.

-Mehmet Murat ildan

What is Salmon Poisoning Disease? Salmon Poisoning Disease, known as SPD, is a potentially fatal condition seen in dogs that ingest raw fish of the salmonid group or other anadromous fish (fish that swim upstream to breed) that can carry a parasite called Nanophyetus. The condition is harmless for humans, as it only affects canines.

What is toxic algae bloom? Some algae bloom can be dangerous to dogs. These are most often found in standing waters, like ponds, and make the water look blue-green-ish. Symptoms caused by ingesting harmful algae can be vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, hives, rashes, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, and drooling, among others. In more extreme cases, a dog can die from being exposed to toxic algal blooms in water.

“Time wasted at the beach is time well spent.”

– Unknown

Home is where the pool is.

Do you have anymore questions to dog swimming? Leave it in the comments down below or message us!

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