Ensuring Pet Safety During Swimming
With the rising summer temperatures, it’s natural for you and your furry companion to seek relief in a swim. However, not all pets are skilled swimmers, so it’s essential to take precautions when swimming with your four-legged friend. Here are five tips to help keep your pet safe while swimming:
Tip #1: Offer fresh drinking water
When your thirsty pet enters a pool or any body of water, they may unknowingly consume water containing chemicals or contaminants. Always provide an ample supply of fresh water to quench your pet’s thirst before and after swimming.
Tip #2: Use a life vest for your pet
If your pet will be in deep water, it’s important to have them wear a life vest instead of solely relying on their swimming abilities. Prior to entering the water, allow your pet to try on the vest to become accustomed to wearing it.
Tip #3: Never leave your pet unattended in the water
Pets can become anxious or panic when left alone in water, so it’s crucial to keep a close watch on your furry companion while they are swimming.
Tip #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 find a way out without assistance. Make sure there are stable stairs or an exit point that your pet can use to climb out of the pool, and train them to utilize it.
Tip #5: Rinse your pet after swimming
After a dip in a pool or lake, chemicals, pathogens, and debris can accumulate in your pet’s thick fur. Thoroughly rinse your pet’s fur to eliminate these contaminants and prevent them from grooming and ingesting harmful substances.
Accidents can occur around bodies of water, especially if your pet leans in for a drink without knowing how to swim. If your pet encounters a water-related emergency this summer, don’t hesitate to contact our team for assistance.