Swimming With the Pet is an excellent way to beat the heat during summer. Dogs and even cats enjoy taking a dip. However, before you on swimming, we make sure that you are well updated about water safety when it comes to swimming with your pet.
Getting Used To Water
Train your pet from a young age and this will help them to learn and enjoy the water. The sink or bathtub is the perfect starting phase. Fill it only a few inches and better if you sit with your pet in the water. Allow them to get comfortable with water before they start splashing them. Sometimes even cats begin with gradual experience and should be followed by plenty of treats for encouragement.
Always take it slow, allow your pet to show some signs of confidence. Once the pet is comfortable with a few inches, add more until your pet is comfortable with paddling or floating in the tub.
It is essential to keep in mind that we all know dogs can swim, but for some, it may be more of a survival sink or swim reaction than a fun activity. The pet sometimes needs time to adapt to being in the water.
Once your pet is confident in the water, we always recommend using a life vest or jacket to give the pet some extra safety. This also helps your pet to stay afloat and keep them from tiring out. Always keep eye on your pet when around water, and never leave them unattended. As it can be easy for pets to fall in and become uncomfortable or overwhelmed in the water. Consider using a safety cover for the pool, when it is not in use for a longer period. Always keep them by your side when at the beach, stream, lake, or any other water bodies.
Look Out For Hazards
If you are at the beach, be alert to the strong waves and currents as objects under the water or on land may injure the pet. Look out for blue-green algae near ponds and lakes, as not all blue-green algae blooms are poisonous but it is important to be cautious. If swallowed in small amounts, the pet may suffer from difficulty in breathing, impaired balance, tremors, liver failure, and even seizure problems. If you think the pet has been exposed, rinse the mouth and contact your vet right immediately.
Fresh Water and Shade
Though you all are having a good time in the water, giving your pet fresh potable water is important. Drinking too much ch water or salt water can upset the stomach, which may result in dehydration, and vomiting. The water should be cool but be sure to pick a spot in the shade for your pet to relax and prevent them from sunburn.
Rinse and Dry
Once you are done swimming with your pet, make sure to rinse the coat thoroughly with fresh water to wash off any salt, sand, or chemicals that may be still on the coat. Use a shampoo for sensitive skin and brush their coat.
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