Ensuring Pet Safety During Swimming

As the summer temperatures rise, both you and your beloved furry companion may be eager to cool off with a refreshing swim. However, not all dogs—or pets in general—naturally know how to “doggy paddle,” so it’s important to take proper precautions when swimming with your four-legged friend. Here are five tips to help keep your pet safe while enjoying the water:

#1: Offer fresh water to drink

When your thirsty pet enters a pool or any body of water, they may inadvertently consume chemical-laden or contaminated water. Always provide an ample supply of fresh water to quench your pet’s thirst before and after swimming.

#2: Ensure your pet wears a life vest

If your pet will be in deep water, it’s advisable for them to wear a life vest, rather than relying solely on their swimming abilities. Allow your pet to try on the life vest before entering the water, giving them time to become familiar and comfortable with the gear.

#3: Never leave your pet unattended in water

Pets can easily become panicked when left alone in water. Therefore, it’s crucial to keep a vigilant eye on your furry pal whenever they are swimming.

#4: Teach your pet how to exit the pool

In the event that your pet accidentally falls into a pool when you’re not around, they may struggle to find a way out without assistance. Ensure that you have a secure set of stairs or a designated exit point that your pet can use to climb out of the pool, and make sure they are familiar with how to utilize them.

#5: Rinse your pet’s fur after swimming

After a dip in a pool or lake, chemicals, pathogens, and general dirt and debris can become trapped in your pet’s thick fur. Thoroughly rinse your pet’s coat to remove these contaminants, preventing them from being ingested while grooming.

Accidents can occur around bodies of water, particularly if your furry pal leans in for a drink without knowing how to swim. If your pet experiences a water-related emergency this summer, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for assistance.