Water activities are part of summer. Whether it’s fun at the beach, swimming in the pool, or adventures on a boat—your dog can enjoy these with you. Please follow these safety tips to ensure a wonderful summer for you and your dog.
- Not Every Dog is a Good Swimmer and Not Every Dog Can Swim—just because your dog enjoys the water, does not mean he/she can swim well. If you are planning a fun day on the boat, make sure that everyone, including your dog, has a life vest on for safety. You can find pet life vests almost anywhere. Here are a few options: https://www.chewy.com/b/outdoor-gear-1733?gclid=COTdwOTImNQCFRlWDQoddGsM4g&gclsrc=aw.ds and https://www.amazon.com/Outward-Hound-Ripstop-Jacket-Preserver/dp/B0081XIK4Q
- Do Not Force Your Dog into the Water—water can be scary. Forcing your dog into the water can cause them to panic and drown. Fear can also set in and leave a permanent scar. The water can be fun, and making your dog comfortable with it is the best way to approach it. Use treats or their favorite toy as positive reinforcement around the water.
- Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Water? Yes. While we love playing in the water with our dogs, we need to remember that they can experience too much water. While your dog is enjoying his/her swim and jumping in after a toy, each time they do this they are also taking water into their mouth. Water intoxication can be scary and life threatening. Symptoms of water intoxication include:
- Loss of Coordination
- Urinary Incontinence
- Difficulty Breathing
If your dog experiences any of these symptoms you should take them to the vet immediately.
Summer is a time for water fun. Please remember to enjoy the water safely with your pets.