Summer is the perfect time to go to the beach or swim in the pool with your dogs. And to make your summer getaway more enjoyable and memorable, here are water safety tips from various expert associations.
1. Teach your dog how to swim.
“As mentioned, dogs may not all be natural swimmers. That being said, you can teach them how to swim. If you’re attempting this, be sure to learn the best way of introducing your dog to water, and definitely use a life jacket in the process!”
2. Rinse your dog off after swimming.
“… to remove chlorine or salt, as well as bacteria or dirt she might pick up from a pond or lake. Be sure to remove wet collars to prevent hot spots.”
3. Prevent your dog from drinking ocean water.
“Don’t let your dog drink ocean water. It can make him sick. Bring fresh water with you to keep him hydrated.”
4. Have a life preserver on.
“If you’re out in a boat or raft, your dog should have a life preserver on – no exceptions! It will not only will keep him afloat, it makes him easier to spot and gives you something to grab if he jumps or falls in.”
5. Get your dog a vaccination.
“Take a shot. If your dog will be swimming in lakes and/or rivers be sure to get them a Giardia vaccination to prevent vaccinations.”
6.Make sure that the body of water is safe.
“Always verify that the water you intend to swim is safe. Don’t allow your dog to go to into any body of water you aren’t certain is safe. In addition to microscopic predators, our areas’ ponds are also home to alligators, cottonmouths (also known as water moccasins) and venomous insects.
7. Don’t let your dog overdo swimming.
“Swimming is a great form of exercise, but don’t let your dog overdo it. He will be using new muscles and may tire quickly.”