|Woman walking her dog on a foggy beach at sunrise|
There’s scientific evidence that salt air can alleviate common respiratory issues in people. This likely means dogs can benefit from breathing in salty air as well.
Why is salt air so good?
Salt air contains negatively charged hydrogen ions. These ions absorb more oxygen. Breathing in these ions can help to reduce mucus, relieve sinus pressure, and alleviate coughing.
Many breeds of dogs suffer from breathing problems, so salt air at the beach might help your dog breathe easier and feel happier.
But be careful.
While sea salt body scrubs can be great for our skin, drinking salty seawater is obviously bad.
Sea water contains an extremely high concentration of sodium.
And any beachgoer who takes their dog to the beach knows that dogs sometimes love to take a drink of the salty beach water.
But the result of dogs drinking excessive amounts of it sees salt levels in their bodies skyrocket. This condition is known as hypernatremia. Hypernatremia results in an increase in osmolality of the blood, which is very dangerous for dogs.
Also note the impact of saltwater on skin & hair.
I typically enjoy using an oil based pomade to protect my hair and scalp before I got ot he beach. But our lovely dogs don;t get the same opportunity.
Sea salt can actually help to improve hydration and strengthen the skin (with moderate exposure).
But too much salt water can actually be dry out the skin, causing it to become flaky and tight. Dogs that spend a lot of time in the ocean might even develop a dullness to their coats, so keep that in mind.