Mind the Current: Tips for Pet Swimming Safety
While there are certain breeds that absolutely-must-have-access-to-water-play-or-else, there are also pets who are shy, skittish, or downright afraid of water. The enthusiasm shared by water-loving dogs is often at odds with knowing what’s at stake on shorelines, boats, or by the pool. That’s why The Pet Experts are here to help you brush up on pet swimming safety.
Sure, there are some pets who have no interest in splashing about while others love the idea, but don’t know how to stay afloat. The doggie paddle is a bit of a misnomer; certain breeds that are heavier or ones with broad chests are poorly built for swimming. As an owner, it’s imperative that you teach your dog how to paddle effectively with all four legs.
Whether your pet is still a little water-shy or you’re training an overzealous swimmer, the best thing you can do is to be prepared with tactics for pet swimming safety.
Pet Swimming Safety 101
A controlled setting, such as a backyard pool, is the best place to teach and train your pet (the pool should be fenced in or have a safety cover when not in use). Public settings offer too many distractions, and your pet could end up in trouble.
A life jacket or pet flotation device is essential to pet swimming safety. The Pet Experts also recommend brushing up on ways to prevent heatstroke. Keep an eye out for distressing symptoms, such as dark pink tongue and gums, staggering, or other physical impairments. Do not hesitate to seek emergency care.
Fun in the Sun
Pet swimming safety can be reinforced by spending time with other water-loving pets. Playing together (and following the safety rules) will also satisfy your pet’s need for socialization and exercise. Definitely a win-win situation!
If you have additional questions about pet swimming safety or need a recommendation for swimming instructors in the area, please contact us. Enjoy!
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