Dogs That Swim: Caring for their skin, coat and ears

It’s summer and it’s hot. What better way to cool off your pup than with a dip in the pool, lake or ocean?

Most dogs love to swim, and not only is it fun, it’s great exercise and easy on their joints. However, it’s not always so great for their skin. Avoid common issues in dogs that swim with these tips.

After every swim

Rinse. After the swim be sure to rinse off any chlorine, salt water or lake water that could lead to skin irritations.

Brush. Give their fur a good brushing to remove any knots or tangles. This is also a good time to look them over for any skin irritations, cuts, or other issues.

Dry. Thoroughly dry off your dog using a towel. Not only will this help avoid the smell of wet dog, but will also help ease their skin and avoid the development of hot spots.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to dry the ears. Dogs that swim have an increased risk of ear infections. This is because water in the ear canal provides a wet, dark environment which is ideal for yeast and bacteria growth. So use a towel or cotton ball to dry around the ear canal.

Rest. Swimming is strenuous, so give them plenty of water and a good rest, either indoors or in a shaded area, after each swim.

Once a week

Bathe. Give your dog a bath using a natural shampoo and conditioner. Look for a line that won’t strip away their natural oils while still giving a thorough clean. Conditioner is important to help ease tangles and matting.

Ears. Avoid build-up in the ears by cleansing them once a week. Our all-natural skin gel is gentle enough for their sensitive skin, and will provide a thorough cleaning. Simply apply a dime-sized amount to a cotton ball and wipe around the ear canal.


Oils and fats. Help nourish your dog’s skin from the inside out. This can be done by providing them with omega-3 fatty acid supplements available at the pet store, or by adding some extra virgin olive oil or fish oil to their food once a day.

Once over. Do a full body check of your dog once a day. Be on the lookout for hot spots, unwelcome visitors (leeches, ticks, etc.), cuts and scrapes, as well as any signs of pain or discomfort.

Beyond ear care, our all-natural skin gel can be used to help with many issues that arise in dogs that swim. It is safe and effective to be used for cuts and scrapes, hot spots, their paw pads, as well as for dry skin and other irritations. Learn more at

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