Ensuring Pet Safety During Swimming
As the summer temperatures rise, both you and your furry companion may seek relief by taking a swim. However, not all pets are proficient in swimming, so it’s important to take precautions to keep them safe in the water. Here are five tips to ensure your pet’s safety while swimming:
#1: Provide clean drinking water
When your thirsty pet enters a pool or other body of water, they may be tempted to drink water that is contaminated or contains chemicals. Always offer plenty of fresh water for your pet to drink before and after swimming to prevent them from ingesting harmful substances.
#2: Use a life vest for deep water
If your pet will be swimming in deep water, it’s advisable to have them wear a life vest in addition to relying on their swimming abilities. Prior to entering the water, let your pet get accustomed to wearing the vest so they feel comfortable and secure.
#3: Never leave your pet unattended
Pets can become anxious or panicked when left alone in water. Therefore, it’s essential to keep a watchful eye on your furry friend at all times while they are swimming.
#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. Ensure there are sturdy stairs or an exit point that your pet can use to easily climb out of the pool, and make sure they are familiar with how to utilize it.
#5: Rinse your pet after swimming
After a swim in a pool or lake, your pet’s dense fur can accumulate chemicals, pathogens, dirt, and debris. Thoroughly rinse your pet’s fur to remove these contaminants and prevent them from ingesting or grooming them off their body.
Accidents can happen near bodies of water, especially if your pet leans in for a drink without knowing how to swim. If your pet experiences a water-related emergency this summer, don’t hesitate to contact our team for assistance.