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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Saltwater or freshwater?

i take my dog swimming right down the street at glen island which is surrounded by saltwater . but a few people told me its not good for his skin? so should i find a freshwater pond or just wash him off after i take him swimming
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-24-2012, 09:07 PM
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I take Nala to the dog beach all the time( salt water) just south do Daytona Beach. She absolutely loves it.. I hose her off good at the wash station when we are through. Never have had any skin problems.
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My pups did better when we lived near the beach and all pond were "salty" than they do now that we moved and have a chlorinated pool.

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Yep, salt is good for the skin, just wash him with the hose or fresh water and he should be fine.
There would be less bacteria in a salty pond than a freshwater one.
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Our dogs swim in the SF Bay and in the ocean. We rarely even bother to hose them down afterwards unless they're muddy.

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Our dogs swim in the SF Bay and in the ocean. We rarely even bother to hose them down afterwards unless they're muddy.
Same here, multiple times a week. Other than the fact that he won't stop drinking saltwater, we have had no issues with his skin/coat.
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Swimming a dog in any water is excellent.

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it really is great exercise for them-helps them to stay fit
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-25-2012, 10:29 PM
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Tank swims all the time in creeks and the ocean, no problems.

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Tank swims all the time in creeks and the ocean, no problems.
Dolly swims in fresh lake water and in salt water. Do not have an issue with either. She does drink a lot of water (Salt and Fresh).

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