Water Safety Tips for your Fido!

  • 09/12/2016

When summers approach we all think about some cool relishing adventures like swimming, boating, river rafting, beach surfing etc. And when it comes to spending a great time with your dog, there would be nothing better than heading towards the pool.

But before giving a second thought, if you and your Fido jump into swimming pool, there is a chance that you both might face some issues. So, whether you head to the pool, the beach, the lake, or for a boating adventure, it is important for you to follow these easy tips to ensure you and your Fido have a smooth sailing –

  • Just like humans need to learn how to swim, dogs are also no different. Though dogs learn fast than humans do, but still there is a need to make them comfortable in the water. Most importantly, you should never push a dog into the water. Also, it is important to toss a stick or a ball in the water in order to teach them and make them feel you are near.
  • Never assume your dog can swim. This is because not all dogs are the same. For example, American bulldogs dogs with large bodies and short legs often avoid swimming as they swim only to survive. Moreover, with age and at night dog’s vision decreases that makes it difficult for them to swim. So, avoid taking your pet at night in the pool. In case, if you are planning for a boat adventure at night, make sure are confined inside the boat.
  • Water often causes infection to dogs, especially when it is not clean. So, if you don’t want your Fido to get ear infection make sure to rinse or shampoo them. This will remove all salt, dirt or chemicals accumulated on your dog fur. In case your dog sniffs continuously after getting out of the water, you must take your pet to the animal care veterinary hospital.
  • If you are taking your dog to a beach, make sure they do not swim out far. This will make difficult for them to come out as they do not know how to avoid jellyfish or broken shells.
  • Just as you train your dog about getting inside the pool; it is equally important to train them for getting outside of the pool. This will reduce the risk of getting drowned.
  • Lastly, make sure to keep clean drinking water outside the pool, so that your pet does not drink the chlorine water. In case, your Fido drinks the chlorine water, you might have to take your pet to a specialized veteran hospital that is popularly known for conducting wellness exams for pets.

Adhering to these tips will help you and your pet have the swimming fun. So, before you head towards the pool with your pup make sure you are prepared.

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