Ensuring the Safety of Your Pets during Swimming

As the summer temperatures rise, both you and your furry companion may seek relief by taking a dip in the water. Despite the name, not all dogs or pets possess natural swimming abilities, so it’s important to take proper precautions when swimming with your four-legged friend. Here are five tips to help you keep your pet safe while enjoying the water.

#1: Offer fresh drinking water

When your thirsty pet enters a pool or any body of water, they may unintentionally consume water that is contaminated with chemicals or other pollutants. Always provide an abundant supply of fresh water to satisfy your pet’s thirst before and after swimming.

#2: Ensure your pet wears a life vest

If your pet will be venturing into deep water, it is wise to have them wear a life vest instead of relying solely on their swimming skills. Prior to entering the water, allow your pet to try on the life vest so they can become accustomed to wearing it.

#3: Never leave your pet unattended in water

Pets can experience panic or distress when left alone in water, making constant supervision a necessity. Always keep a watchful eye on your furry companion while they are swimming to ensure their well-being.

#4: Teach your pet how to exit the pool

In the event that your pet accidentally falls into the pool while you are absent, they may struggle to find a way out without assistance. Ensure there are secure stairs or an exit point available that your pet can use to climb out of the pool, and make sure they are familiar with accessing it.

#5: Rinse your pet after swimming

Following a swim in a pool or lake, your pet’s thick fur can accumulate chemicals, pathogens, dirt, and debris. To prevent them from ingesting or grooming these contaminants off their body, thoroughly rinse your pet’s fur after each swimming session.

Accidents can occur around bodies of water, particularly if your furry friend leans in for a drink and lacks swimming skills. If your pet encounters a water-related emergency this summer, do not hesitate to contact our team for assistance.