6 September 2015

Swim Safety for Dogs

Believe it or not, all dogs are not natural swimmers. If you spend a good deal of time near a pool, pond or lake with your pooch, use these tips to help keep your four-legged friend safe and sound.

Don’t force the issue

If your dog hates being in the water, don’t force him to try and swim. Some dogs don’t like swimming, and they can become extremely agitated and panicky if you try to make them. If your dog doesn’t fancy a dip, find another way to play together.

Practice entering and exiting the water

It’s far too easy for dogs to become injured while entering or exiting the pool, and an injured dog can’t swim properly, putting it at risk of drowning. Your dog will attempt to exit where he fell in and could drown of exhaustion trying to get out, so teach your pooch where the stairs are to exit the pool.

Don’t let your dog get too tired

If your dog gets too tired while swimming, there’s no way to rest, apart from leaving the water and resting on dry land. An exhausted dog could easily slip beneath the water and drown, so make sure you stay with your dog at all times while they’re swimming, and remove them from the water when they start to appear tired.

Rinse your dog in clean water after a swim

If you’re swimming in a pool, the chlorine and other chemicals in the pool can irritate your dog’s eyes and skin. Rinse them off as soon as you get out of the water to keep them comfortable. Ponds and lakes can also be a danger, since the water can harbour bacteria that can lead to infection if they linger on your pet.

Also, be sure to dry your dog’s ears thoroughly to prevent ear infections and irritations from the moisture.

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