Summer heat and water

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Theo
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Summer heat and water

Post by Theo » Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:42 pm

Greetings to all,

I live in Greece and as you might imagine summers are a tad hot over here. My question is this; on particularly hot days (for eg. they predict that this week, all week the temperatures will range around the 38-40 Celsius mark) is it ok to use the hose in the balcony to wet down my dog? I have a little westie now 3,5 months old and she LOVES the water. She also seems very much refreshed when she gets wet (I just take care not to get water in her little ears). I am asking because I read about those natural oils dogs have on their skins which mean that we should not bathe them too often for fear of allergies. Question is does that also apply to just wetting the dog? Or only to washing it properly with shampoo and all that.

This may be a silly question but I am a first time dog owner and want to get it right.
Thank you for your time,
best
Theo

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Re: Summer heat and water

Post by Ari_RR » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:00 am

If she doesn't mind being hosed - I wouldn't worry.
Perhaps you can find somewhere a large plastic tub which you can fill with water and let her splash in it, if she love water?

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Re: Summer heat and water

Post by JudyN » Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:22 am

I think dogs are 'designed' to get wet, and it's just the shampoo that removes their natural oils. It's also important that dogs don't overheat, so I'd let her get as wet as she likes as often as she likes.
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Re: Summer heat and water

Post by Theo » Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:27 am

Thank you friends! much appreciated.

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