Swimming or just spending time in the water can be a lot fun for the whole family. Especially, for our four-legged friends. Whether it’s a swimming pool, or the beach, it doesn’t hurt to know a little about water safety before letting the family dog make a big splash.
Therefore, we prepared the following water safety tips to help you and your dog enjoy the wet-side of life.
Overall Water Safety Tips for Dogs
1 – Stay in the water with your dog – never let your dog swim alone.
2 – Take a course in canine CPR. Hopefully, you will never how to use this skill set, but it’s good to know just in case.
3 – Rinse off your dog after spending time in the water. Salt water or chlorinated water can irritate your dog’s sensitive skin.
4 – Clean and dry your dog’s ears thoroughly. Water trapped in the ears can cause infections. To clean the ears, you might want to consider using Zymox Ear Cleanser with LP3 Enzyme System
5 – Remove the flea collar – they tend to lose their effectiveness once wet.
Beach Safety Tips for Dogs
1 – Keep your dog away from fish or other sea creatures that have washed ashore. They might look inviting to your dog, but they could make your pooch sick.
2 – Bring lots of fresh water to the beach. Seawater can and will make your dog ill.
3 – Learn to look out for strong currents and riptides. They could take you and your dog out to sea and far from shore.
Pool Safety Tips for Dogs
1 – Check the water temperature before letting your dog in the pool – not all dogs can handle cold water.
2 – Show your dog how to get in and out of the pool – teach it how to use the pool’s steps or the ramp.
3 – Put up the pool fence when you don’t want your dog to go in the water.
In conclusion, swimming or just relaxing in the water can be lots of fun for both doggy parents and their pooches. However whether it’s a small pool or the beach, the water can be a dangerous place for all parties concerned. By following a few simple safety tips, every one can have a splish-splash good time.