Now that we are in the middle of summer, there is more chance that we’ll be relaxing with our pets near water. There is no doubt that water can be great fun for you and your pet dog. However, as with humans, it’s important to think of pet safety when on vacation near lakes, rivers, swimming pools, or the ocean.
In this article, we will look at some practical ways owners can care for their pet’s safety near water.
First of all, it’s good to remember that not all dogs are natural swimmers. Therefore, you should gauge how your pet dog swims by taking him to some water that isn’t too deep and swim with them. If your pet dog is hesitant to get his paws wet, don’t force him.
Pet safety at the beach
If you’re enjoying the sunshine and surf at the beach, you should make sure that Fido avoids any dangers. This could be:
- Strong currents or rip tides in the ocean
- Eating fish that have washed up on the beach
- Drinking salt water
- Being in the sun for too long
So, if you’re spending the day at the beach with your pet dog, take along plenty of fresh water to drink, don’t allow him to eat fish on the beach, have a shade where he can get out of the sun.
Pet safety at rivers or lakes
Usually, lakes are great places for dogs to swim in. However, rivers may be more dangerous because of strong currents.
If you plan to take your pet dog on a boat with you, make sure that he also has a pet personal floatation device (PFD). If anything happens, it could be a long swim back to dry land. If you plan to fish on the boat, you should be extra careful with fishing tackle. Dogs may be drawn to the smell of fish and you wouldn’t want him to get a hook on his nose.
Pet safety around the swimming pool
If you have a swimming pool in your yard, you should take precautions to keep your pet dog safe at all times.
If possible, you should have a fence to stop your pet dog swimming when it’s not the time to swim. Also, the pool cover should allow rainwater through to prevent puddles forming on the top. The uneven surface slippery surface and puddles can combine to put your dog at risk from drowning.
If the water is extra cold, it’s best not to let your dog swim in the pool. Only certain dog breeds can handle swimming in extremely cold water.
Water can be a great place to spend time with “man’s best friend.” Make sure and keep yourself and your pet dog safe at all times.
Remember to rinse off any chemicals or salt water to prevent your dog’s fur and skin becoming irritated and damaged.