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Five Tips for Safe Swimming Practices With Your Pet


As summer temperatures heat up, you and your furry pal likely want to cool off with a swim. Although it’s in their name, not all dogs–or pets–know how to “doggy paddle,” so take proper precautions when you swim with your four-legged friend. Here are five tips to help your pet stay safe while swimming.


#1: Provide fresh water to drink 

If your thirsty pet enters the pool or another body of water, they are more likely to lap up chemical-laden or contaminated water. Always offer plenty of fresh water to quench your pet’s thirst before and after swimming.


#2: Ensure your pet wears a life vest

If your pet is going to be in deep water, ensure they wear a life vest rather than relying solely on their swimming skills to keep them afloat. Try on the vest before heading into the water, so your pet has time to become acclimated to the gear.


#3: Never leave your pet unattended in water

Pets can panic when left alone in water, so always keep a watchful eye on your furry pal when they are swimming.


#4: Show your pet how to get out of the pool

If your pet falls into your pool when you are not around, they may not be able to get out without assistance. Ensure you have a stable set of stairs that your pet can use to climb out of the pool, and ensure they know how to use the stairs.


#5: Rinse off your pet after a swim

Chemicals, pathogens, and general dirt and debris can work its way into your pet’s thick fur after a dip in a pool or lake. Thoroughly rinse your pet’s fur after they swim to prevent them from grooming these contaminants off their body. 


Accidents can happen around bodies of water, especially if your furry pal leans in for a drink and doesn’t know how to swim. If your pet experiences a water-related emergency this summer, contact our team for help.