Five Tips for Safe Swimming With Your Pet

You and your furry friend want to go swimming to cool off as the summer heat rises. Even though it’s in their name, not all dogs or other pets can “doggy paddle,” so use caution when swimming with your canine companion. Following are five suggestions to keep your pet safe while swimming.

#1: Provide fresh water to drink 

If your pet goes into the pool or another body of water to quench their thirst, they are more likely to drink contaminated or chemically-laced water. Always provide a lot of fresh water for your pet to drink before and after swimming to quench their thirst.

#2: Ensure your pet wears a life vest

If your pet is going to be in deep water, ensure they wear a life vest rather than relying solely on their swimming skills to keep them afloat. Try on the vest before heading into the water, so your pet has time to become acclimated to the gear.

#3: Never leave your pet unattended in water

Pets can panic when left alone in water, so always keep a watchful eye on your furry pal when they are swimming.

#4: Show your pet how to get out of the pool

If your pet falls into your pool while you are away, they might not be able to escape on their own. Make sure your pet can exit the pool using a sturdy set of stairs, and make sure they are familiar with the stairs.

#5: Rinse off your pet after a swim

Chemicals, pathogens, and general dirt and debris can work its way into your pet’s thick fur after a dip in a pool or lake. Thoroughly rinse your pet’s fur after they swim to prevent them from grooming these contaminants off their body. 

Around bodies of water, accidents can occur, especially if your furry friend leans in for a drink and is unable to swim. This summer, if your pet has a water-related emergency, get assistance from our team.