Ensuring Pet Safety While Swimming: Five Tips for a Secure Water Experience
As temperatures soar during the summer, you and your furry companion may seek solace in a refreshing swim. However, not all pets, including dogs, are born natural swimmers. It’s crucial to take appropriate precautions when enjoying water activities with your four-legged friend. Here are five essential tips to ensure your pet’s safety while swimming.
Tip #1: Keep Your Pet Hydrated
When your thirsty pet enters a pool or any body of water, they may inadvertently consume water laden with chemicals or contaminants. Always provide ample fresh drinking water before and after swimming to quench your pet’s thirst and discourage them from drinking potentially harmful water.
Tip #2: Equip Your Pet with a Life Vest
If your pet will be in deep water, it’s advisable to have them wear a life vest in addition to relying on their swimming skills. Prior to swimming, introduce your pet to the life vest, allowing them time to get comfortable with the gear and ensuring a secure fit.
Tip #3: Never Leave Your Pet Unattended
Pets can easily panic when left alone in water, so it’s crucial to maintain constant supervision. Always keep a watchful eye on your furry companion while they are swimming to prevent any accidents or distress.
Tip #4: Teach Your Pet the Exit Strategy
In the event that your pet accidentally falls into the pool when you’re not around, they may struggle to find a way out on their own. Ensure there are stable stairs or an accessible exit point for your pet to climb out of the pool. Take the time to show them how to use the stairs or exit safely.
Tip #5: Rinse Your Pet Thoroughly
After a swim in a pool or lake, chemicals, pathogens, dirt, and debris can accumulate in your pet’s thick fur. To prevent your pet from grooming these contaminants off their body, thoroughly rinse their fur after each swim.
Remember, accidents can happen around bodies of water, especially if your furry pal leans in for a drink and lacks swimming skills. If your pet experiences a water-related emergency this summer, don’t hesitate to contact our team for assistance. Stay safe and enjoy the water responsibly!