Dogs are not allowed in most places in the area. Experts explain that prolonged bathing is also not without health risks for many dogs.
When the thermometer rises to blistering summer temperatures, Bettina Bayerle heads out of Obstadt with Oscar and Emma in the early morning.
Eight-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog and his younger girlfriend may not be particularly fond of water, but their almost daily walks almost always take them to nearby Kraichbach.
Two dogs with their long, thick fur can cool off in the water under the shade of large trees before returning home.
Dog ingestion can lead to poisoning
Many dog breeds cannot be prevented from going into the water, says veterinarian Miriam Epperson of Österingen. Labrador’s, for example, or Golden Retrievers, but also poodles, which actually have spray, “puddling,” in their name.
The vet explains that cooling in the water is great for some dogs, but every dog owner should be aware of the potential risks. There is a risk of water poisoning if your dog swallows a lot of water.
He is known for himself, for example, by vomiting and flatulence, and the dog should definitely be brought to the vet.
Orthopedist for dogs from Karlsdorf-Neuthard: cold water can cause pain
Constant retrieving of balls or sticks from often cold water can lead to what’s called a water stick, explains canine orthodontist Rita Kocher of Karlsdorf-Neuthard. This is a very painful inflammation at the base of the tail and needs treatment.
That’s why she recommends bathing outdoors only from May to September, because otherwise it’s very cold. Especially now, when it’s very hot, she also advises taking things easy, always having enough drinking water with you and “just letting the dog cool off a bit in the water”. Of course, bathing is forbidden if you have previous illnesses or injuries.
There are hardly any opportunities to bathe dogs in Kraichgau
But what are the chances of wet cooling found in Bruchsal and the surrounding area? Actually not that much. Epperson’s vet names, for example, appropriate little bays on the arms of the old Rhine. But about Bruchsal?
Dogs are not allowed in the bathing lakes, whether in Bruchsal, Ubstadt-Weiher, Forst, Langenbrücken, Karlsdorf-Neuthard, Oberhausen-Rheinhausen or Kronau. At the “Gypsea” on the Kronauer Lußhardtsee, dogs on a leash are “only welcome in the bar area,” simply because “many swimmers are uncomfortable with exotic dogs,” according to the homepage.
The Hardtsee recreation center in Ubstadt-Weiher does not allow dogs anywhere, not even with campers. Christopher Bader explains why: “For health reasons, because a dog’s legacies cannot be completely removed.”
Dogs are allowed to roam in Erlichsee and Waldsee
But where then? In the “Public Use of Quarry Ponds Oberhausen-Rheinhausen Ordinance” of 2006, two areas of the Erlichsee – outside the recreation center – are expressly specified where “animals are allowed to bathe”.
There is also no dog ban at Waldsee in Forst. However, the Regulatory Office expressly asks for mutual consideration and, if necessary, consultation with the hunting club.
It is also important to make sure that there are not too many dogs in the water at the same time, and not for hours. Although the latter is not necessarily healthy for the reasons mentioned.
No dog bathing day planned in Bruchsal, Östringen and Odenheim
And what about dog-swimming days in outdoor pools? In Heidelberg and Wiesloch, for example, a working dog day was held at the end of the bathing season before the water dried up.
This has not been a problem so far, according to the Bruchsal municipal business, which operates the Bruchsal outdoor pools. Also, Natallia Klimovets of the municipality’s outdoor pools in Österingen or Odenheim, says no dog owners would ever want to bathe their dogs.