Beware of Dog Days for Your Best Friend
Many dogs love nothing more than a boat ride— however, it’s important to keep them safe, out of the sun, and hydrated when they are on the water.
When boating, take along a dog life jacket that has a handle. That enables you to pull your canine friend out of the water but not by the collar. “Even if they are strong swimmers, dogs can face problems, depending on the weather conditions,” explains Karen Fordiani, public information
There are sunscreens specifically made for canines.
specialist with Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
Dogs can get too much sun, and their noses are especially prone to burning. “SPF 15 spray is recommended,” Fordiani says. There are sunscreens specifically made for canines. Also, boat surfaces can become very hot so always protect your dog’s feet and provide plenty of shaded areas.
Lastly, remember to keep your dog hydrated so it does not become overheated. “Bring plenty of fresh water and a dish for them,” adds Fordiani.
If you aren’t heading out on the boat, you can still enjoy the great outdoors with dogs. Try the off-leash Dog Beach in Estero, or one of the Lee County Parks and Recreation areas that have on-leash and off-leash dog parks. Find out more information by visiting leegov.com.
Fort Myers Beach also allows dogs on leashes, provided they are licensed and that the owners clean up after them. Check out fortmyersbeachfl.gov.
Many dogs love a boat ride—even more so when there’s shade to tuck under, and fresh water. Ann Marie O’Phelan is a Southwest Florida resident and a regular contributor to TOTI Media.