5 Safe Swimming Tips for Your Pet

You and your canine friend probably want to go swimming to cool down as the summer heat rises. Despite what their name suggests, not all dogs or pets can “doggy paddle,” so use caution when swimming with your canine companion. Here are five recommendations for keeping your pet safe while swimming.

#1: Make clean drinking water available to your pet.

If your pet goes into the pool or another body of water to quench their thirst, they are more likely to drink polluted or chemically-laced water. Always provide a lot of fresh water for your pet to drink before and after swimming to keep them hydrated.

#2: Ensure that your pet is wearing a life vest.

Instead of relying exclusively on their swimming skills to keep them afloat when your pet is in deep water, make sure they are wearing life jackets. Before entering the water, try on the vest so your pet can get used to the equipment.

#3: Never leave a pet alone in water.

Always keep an eye on your furry friend when they are swimming because animals can panic if they’re left alone in the water.

#4: Teach your pet how to exit the swimming pool.

If your pet falls into your pool while you are away, they might not be able to escape on their own. Make sure your pet can exit the pool using a sturdy set of stairs, and make sure they are familiar with the stairs.

#5: After swimming, rinse your pet off.

After a swim in a pool or lake, your pet’s thick fur may become contaminated with chemicals, diseases, and general dirt and debris. To avoid your pet grooming these pollutants off their body after swimming, thoroughly clean your pet’s fur.

Accidents can happen near bodies of water, particularly if your animal friend leans in for a drink and is unable to swim. Contact our staff for assistance if your pet has a water-related problem this summer.​