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Beach vacation with dog: bathing rules


Bathing rules only apply to people? Not necessarily when vacationing with a dog! Maybe you know this: your dog sees water and he is already in it. When some four-legged friends see the sea on the beach, they can hardly be tamed. Here are a few bathing rules that you and your dog should keep in mind on vacation. Swimming fun on vacation with a dog - Image: Shutterstock / FeSeven

Swimming only with physical fitness

The number one bathing rule for a beach holiday with a dog is that your water rat should only go into the water if the necessary health conditions are met. For example, if your dog has a febrile infection, skin conditions, cardiovascular problems, or a tendency to epilepsy, it's better to avoid swimming. You should also make sure that your dog does not become too cocky and overestimates its own condition. Tip: In general, you should always supervise your dog when swimming - if he is tired, get him out. It is also important that you never let your dog go into the water with dog harnesses or collars, as they could get caught in the band with their paws while swimming!

Bathing rules for dogs: Avoid a full stomach

Swimming on a full stomach is dangerous. This also applies to your dog. Since the blood is mainly used for the gastrointestinal tract after eating, other parts of the body may be under-supplied when swimming, which in the worst case can lead to drowning.

Another bathing rule for vacation with your dog is that you should avoid temperature shocks. If the outside temperature is too hot in summer, your dog should slowly get used to the cool water to prevent cardiovascular problems. Tip: Let your four-legged friend enter the cool water first with their paws, then with their legs and only then slowly with their whole body.

Beach vacation with dog? Great fun!

Vacation with dog: Be careful with salt water

The next bathing rule for vacation with a dog states that you should give your four-legged friend sufficient drinking water before and after swimming, otherwise he may drink sea water. The high salinity would cause your loyal companion to lose large amounts of fluid unnoticed.

It is also important that you dry your seal well after swimming in order to cover open skin areas with fur and also take it out of the blazing sun. Dogs are at risk of sunburn or even heat shock!