Some dogs just can’t get enough of water, and swimming is a great way to exercise your dog during the summer. However, swimming has its own risks and dangers that you should be aware of. That is why, in our last blog, our veterinary clinic in North Merrick went over a few water safety tips for your dog. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, check it out! Keep reading to learn more water safety tips for your dog:
#4. Keep your dog close to you while swimming.
If you are swimming with your dog, make sure they don’t wander off too far. If you are watching your dog swim, limit their swimming area. Some dogs, especially smaller dogs, simply just don’t understand the concept of taking a break or treading water. These are the kinds of dogs that will just keep on swimming until they can’t any longer. Don’t let your dog get too far away from you, and keep a close eye on them, watching for any signs of exhaustion.
#5. Clean those ears!
Moisture in a dog’s ears, especially if they are floppy ears, can easily lead to infection. After your dog has had a dip in the water, make sure that you thoroughly clean out their ears. This is especially important if your dog has been swimming in the ocean, a lake or a pond, as they have a lot of nasty bacteria in them.
#6. Make sure you have a strong recall.
Dogs don’t typically wear leashes while they are swimming, so it is absolutely essential that your dog will come back to you when you call.
Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s safety while swimming? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us!