Five Swimming Safety Guidelines for Your Pet

As summer temperatures rise, you and your furry companion will likely want to take a dip to chill off. Even though it’s in their name, not all canines or pets know how to “doggy paddle,” so exercise caution when swimming with your four-legged friend. Here are five swimming safety tips to help keep your pet secure.

#1: Provide drinkable water first

If your thirsty companion enters the pool or another body of water, they are more likely to consume contaminated or chemically-treated water. Always provide ample fresh water to quench the thirst of your companion before and after swimming.

#2: Ensure that your companion is wearing a life vest

Rather than relying solely on your pet’s swimming ability to keep them aloft in deep water, you should ensure they wear a life vest. Before entering the water, have your companion try on the life vest to adjust to the equipment.

#3: Never allow your companion to swim unsupervised.

Always keep a close view of your furry friend when they are swimming, as they may panic if left alone in the water.

#4: Teach your pet how to exit the water

If your companion falls into your pool while you are away, they may be unable to escape without assistance. Ensure you have a stable set of stairs for your companion to climb out of the pool and that they understand how to use them.

#5: Rinse your companion off following a swim

After a pool or lake dip, your pet’s thick fur may absorb chemicals, pathogens, dirt, and residue. Rinse your pet’s coat thoroughly after swimming to prevent it from licking these contaminants.

Accidents can occur near bodies of water, particularly if your feline friend does not know how to swim and drinks from them. Contact our team if your pet experiences an emergency involving water this summer.