Ensuring Pet Safety During Swimming
As the summer temperatures rise, both you and your furry companion may seek relief by taking a swim. However, not all dogs or pets are proficient in the art of “doggy paddle,” so it’s essential to take proper precautions when swimming with your four-legged friend. Here are five tips to help keep your pet safe during aquatic activities:
#1: Provide access to fresh drinking water
When your thirsty pet enters a pool or any body of water, they are more likely to consume water that may be contaminated with chemicals or other impurities. Always make sure there is plenty of fresh water available to quench their thirst before and after swimming.
#2: Ensure your pet wears a life vest
If your pet will be in deep water, it is advisable to have them wear a life vest in addition to relying on their swimming skills alone. Allow your pet to try on the vest before entering the water, giving them time to become familiar with the gear.
#3: Never leave your pet unattended in the water
Pets can experience panic when left alone in water, so it is crucial to keep a watchful eye on them at all times during swimming sessions.
#4: Teach your pet how to exit the pool
In the event that your pet accidentally falls into the pool when you are not present, they may struggle to find a way out without assistance. Ensure that there are stable stairs or an exit ramp available for your pet to use and make sure they know how to utilize them.
#5: Thoroughly rinse your pet after swimming
Chemicals, pathogens, and debris can accumulate in your pet’s thick fur after a swim in a pool or lake. To prevent them from ingesting or grooming these contaminants, thoroughly rinse your pet’s fur after each swimming session.
Accidents can occur near bodies of water, particularly if your furry companion leans in for a drink without knowing how to swim. If your pet experiences a water-related emergency this summer, please don’t hesitate to contact our team for assistance.