Cats Swimming fun in the Summertime Sun

Published on June 12th, 2017 | by Debbie Martin

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Swimming fun in the summertime sun!

After all those dreary, cold and grey winter months it’s time to get out and about and soak up some of that summer sunshine with our pets!  Walking your dog in the park or adventuring further across fields to a lovely stream or a river is the perfect end to a summertime walk.

So many of our canine friends love nothing more than to splash around in a stream or a pond, chasing after random sticks that float past, enticing them to jump in.  A cooling soak can also be just the ticket after running and playing with friends in the spring sunshine too.

However, be careful not to let your pet go swimming within 48 hours of applying your FRONTLINE ® Spot on or Plus, as it can impair its ability to protect your pet against ticks.  This is especially important in early summertime when ticks are at their most active and your pet is spending more time outdoors.  You want to make sure that your pet is fully protected at all times.

Some of the water that our furry friends pick to paddle in is often less than fresh, and with the warmer summer weather, any standing water like ponds and lakes can quickly turn pretty stinky.  A good bath with some lovely smelling shampoo should help to get rid of the stench.

However, over-bathing your pet (more than once weekly) is not a good idea and can strip their coat of its protective oils.  This may not only lead to your pet developing a dry skin and coat, but It can reduce the ability of FRONTLINE ® to do its job!  This is because FRONTLINE ® relies on the natural oils in your pet’s coat to help spread it across the coat and body for all-over tick protection.

Here are some top tips to help overcome these bathing problems and keep your pet protected against ticks:

  1. Try to moderate the frequency that you bathe your pet, especially during the peak tick season.
  2. If you do have a pet that is addicted to swimming, try to avoid walking them near any tempting sources of water within 2 days of applying your FRONTLINE ®.
  3. If pooch does go for a paddle in some stinky water, then try to avoid a full on bath and just clean the affected areas using a doggy wet-wipe or warm water and sponge.
  4. If they have gone for a whole body dip in a stagnant pool, then why not try to use less shampoo by diluting it with some warm water prior to application?
  5. For any mucky pups, try letting the mud dry and then brushing it out.

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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.



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