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Ensuring Pet Safety During Swimming

As the summer temperatures rise, you and your beloved companion may seek relief by taking a refreshing swim. However, not all dogs—or pets in general—are proficient in the art of “doggy paddle.” Therefore, it’s crucial to take appropriate precautions when swimming with your four-legged friend. Here are five tips to help keep your pet safe during water activities:

#1: Provide access to fresh drinking water

When your thirsty pet enters a pool or any body of water, they may unknowingly consume water containing chemicals or contaminants. To prevent this, always offer an ample supply of fresh drinking water before and after swimming to satisfy your pet’s thirst.

#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 in addition to relying on their swimming skills alone. Before entering the water, allow your pet some time to become familiar with the life vest, ensuring they are comfortable and acclimated to the gear.

#3: Never leave your pet unattended in water

Pets can experience panic when left alone in water, so it’s crucial to maintain constant supervision while your furry companion is swimming. Always keep a watchful eye on them to ensure their safety and well-being.

#4: Teach your pet how to exit the pool

In the event that your pet accidentally falls into the pool when you’re not present, they may struggle to get out without assistance. It’s important to have a sturdy set of stairs or an exit point that your pet can use to climb out of the pool easily. Ensure that your pet is familiar with using these stairs or exit points.

#5: Rinse your pet after swimming

After a dip in a pool or lake, various chemicals, pathogens, and debris can cling to your pet’s thick fur. To prevent them from ingesting or grooming these contaminants off their body, thoroughly rinse your pet’s fur with clean water after each swimming session.

Accidents can happen near bodies of water, especially if your furry friend leans in for a drink without knowing how to swim. If your pet experiences a water-related emergency this summer, don’t hesitate to contact our team for assistance.