5 Tips for Safe Swimming Practices for Pets

As the summer temperatures rise, you and your furry friend might want to go for a swim to cool off. However, not all dogs and pets are familiar with swimming techniques, so taking proper precautions is essential to ensure their safety. Here are five tips to help your pet stay safe while swimming. 

#1: Please give access to clean drinking water.

Make sure to provide your pet with fresh water to drink before and after swimming to avoid them drinking chemical-laden or contaminated water in pools or other bodies of water. 

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

To keep your pet safe in deep water, make sure they wear a life vest instead of only relying on their ability to swim. Prior to entering the water, have your pet try on the vest to get comfortable with it. 

#3: Always supervise your pet while they are in the water

Always supervise your pet while they are swimming to prevent them from getting panicked if left alone in the water. 

#4: Demonstrate to your pet how to exit the pool

It’s important to have a set of stable stairs near your pool that your pet can use to climb out in case they accidentally fall in while you are away. Teaching them how to use the stairs is also crucial. 

#5: After your pet has finished swimming, rinse them off

After your pet swims in a pool or lake, its thick fur can accumulate chemicals, pathogens, dirt, and debris. To avoid your pet grooming off these harmful elements, it’s important to rinse their fur thoroughly.

If your pet doesn’t know how to swim and leans in for a drink, there’s a risk of accidents around bodies of water. In case of a water-related emergency with your furry friend this summer, contact our team for assistance.