Swimming is a great summertime activity for dogs and people alike.
Swimming not only keeps us cool, it also helps us to get some energy out and enjoy the great outdoors! That being said, the water has its own share of dangers that we all need to watch out for. Luckily, there are many things you can do to keep your dog safe in the water. The following is a list from our veterinarian in Levittown of water safety tips for your dog:
#1. Know that not all dogs know can swim.
Some dogs know how to swim instinctively, but not all dogs can swim or want to learn. Until you know for sure that your dog can swim, be careful when you are in the water. Introduce them to the water slowly by wading in shallow water with them. Never introduce a dog to water by simply tossing them in.
#2. Invest in a life jacket for your dog.
If your dog is an instinctive swimmer, you may not need a life jacket, but for dogs that are new to swimming, a life jacket is a great way to keep your dog a bit safer in the water.
#3. Pay close attention to what your dog drinks.
Dogs will often lap up water while they are swimming, which isn’t always the ideal situation. Pools, for instance, contain chemicals that could be dangerous for your dog. Lakes and ponds could be a source for dangerous bacteria, like giardia. If your dog drinks ocean water, it can cause diarrhea and vomiting, plus it can easily lead to dehydration.
Learn more water safety tips for your dog when you stay tuned for our next blog.