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water safety for pets who love getting wet When the sun’s shining and the surf is swirling, our best friends just want to hang ten. But if you’re not prepared to prevent the perils of paddling, you may set yourself up for a pet health wipeout. Here’s what you need to know before letting your pet make a splash. GETTING THEIR SEA LEGS Splashing in the surf is tons of fun, but even strong swimmers need supervision when they take to the waves. Here are the dangers that can cause a commotion in the ocean: Pets at play can be overwhelmed by exhaustion more quickly than you think, and strong currents can put a tired pup in danger of drowning. by holly russel Our lifeguard says: Always outfit your pet in a lifejacket, and don’t let them swim in deep waters. If your dog is a sealover, he will no doubt ingest salt water. A little bit can upset tummies for a day or two, but if your dog ingests large amounts he is in for more trouble. Salt can disrupt a dog’s electrolyte balance, causing dehydration, brain damage, kidney failure or death. Our lifeguard says: Be sure to bring plenty of fresh water for your furry friend to discourage sipping on salt water. Salt and sand can be drying and irritating to a pet’s skin. Add in hours of sun exposure, and you could have one uncomfortable pup. Our lifeguard says: Never forget that pets need sunscreen! After a day of play, rinse your pooch with fresh water to remove salt water and sand and help soothe his skin. barks feature


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