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Do you spend a lot of time on the water? Fido loves going to new places with his human pals. Many pooches also enjoy going boating. However, open water can be dangerous for your canine companion. You’ll need to take some precautions to keep Fido safe. An Oakland, CA vet offers some boating safety tips for dogs below.
Some dogs are natural swimmers. Retrievers, for instance, often take to the water like furry, barking ducks. Others? Not so much. If Fido doesn’t know how to swim, take time to teach him. Never throw your dog into the water! That’s not only very dangerous, but it could leave him with a lifelong phobia. That said, not all pups are well-suited for the water. Very small or large dogs aren’t really cut out for it. Brachycephalic dogs also cannot swim safely. If you aren’t sure whether or not swimming is a good idea for your four-legged friend, check with your vet.
In addition to teaching Fido to swim, it’s also crucial that he obey basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, and Come. You need to be able to stop your furry best buddy from jumping overboard, getting in someone’s way, or walking into a dangerous area.
Fido should always be wearing a doggy lifejacket when he’s out on the water. Any pup can get into trouble if they fall overboard! Get your canine friend used to wearing his gear before you go boating.
This one applies no matter where you are. Always make sure Fido has plenty of fresh water available!
Going fishing? Be careful: Fido could get in the way as you’re casting, and end up getting hooked! Keep an eye on your pooch, and make sure he’s safely out of the way.
Did you know that our canine pals can also get sunburned, just like people? Dogs with pale or thin skin are at highest risk. However, even pups with thick fur can get scorched noses. Ask your vet to recommend a good, unscented sunscreen for Fido.
Most people incorporate astroturf or fake grass into their boats for dogs to use. Potty training Fido may take some time, but will be well worth it in the end!
Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Oakland, CA animal clinic, today!