Five Guidelines for Safe Swimming with Your Puppy

You and your pet friend want to swim to cool down as the summer heat rises. Even though it’s in their name, not all dogs or other pets can “doggy paddle,” so use caution when swimming with your canine companion. Here are five suggestions to keep your pet safe while swimming.


#1: Supply clean drinking water

Your pet is more likely to drink contaminated water that contains chemicals if they go into the pool or another body of water to quench their thirst. Before and after swimming, make sure your pet has access to lots of fresh water to satiate their thirst.


#2: Make sure your pet is wearing a life jacket

If your pet will be in deep water, make sure they are wearing life jackets so they can stay afloat without having to rely exclusively on their swimming prowess. Put the vest on before getting in the water to give your pet a chance to become used to it.


#3: Don’t let your pet swim unaccompanied in the water

Keep a close check on your furry friend when swimming because animals can become frightened when left alone in the water.


#4: Teach your pet how to exit the pool

When you aren’t home, if your pet falls into the pool, they might be unable to escape independently. Make sure you have a solid set of stairs your pet can use to exit the pool and that they are familiar with them.


#5: Wash your pet off after swimming

During a swim in a pool or lake, chemicals, viruses, and general dirt and debris can find their way into your pet’s thick coat. After swimming, thoroughly rinse your pet to stop them from combing these pollutants off their body.


Around bodies of water, accidents can occur, especially if your animal friend leans in for a drink and is unable to swim. This summer, if your pet has a water-related emergency, get assistance from our staff.