Five Tips for Safe Swimming Practices With Your Pet

When summer temperatures rise, you and your pet may want to swim to cool off. However, not all pets know how to swim, despite being named “doggy paddle.” Therefore, it’s essential to take precautions when swimming with your furry friend. To help your pet stay safe while swimming, here are five tips.

#1: Provide fresh water to drink

To prevent your pet from drinking chemical-laden or contaminated water, make sure to provide them with plenty of fresh water before and after swimming in a pool or body of water.

#2: Ensure your pet wears a life vest

It is important to make sure your pet wears a life vest if they will be in deep water rather than just relying on their swimming ability. You should have your pet try on the life vest beforehand to give them time to get used to it.

#3: Never leave your pet unattended in water

When your pets are swimming, it is important to monitor them closely as they may become panicked when left alone in the water.

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

It important to have stable stairs for your pet to use and make sure they know how to use them. This is in case your pet falls into the pool when you’re not around and can’t get out without help.

#5: Rinse off your pet after a swim

To keep your pet healthy, it’s important to rinse their fur thoroughly after they swim in a pool or lake. This will prevent them from ingesting any harmful chemicals, pathogens, or debris that may have accumulated in their fur during their swim.

If your pet doesn’t know how to swim and leans in for a drink, accidents can happen around bodies of water. If your furry friend experiences a water-related emergency this summer, reach out to our team for assistance.