Where Should Your Dog Swim?
For dogs that love the water, going for a swim on a hot day is a genuine reward and among the very best parts of summertime! However, discovering a safe place for your pooch to wallow in is another issue totally. Should your dog swim in a chlorinated swimming pool? What about a regional lake or river? Is it safer to just fill up a kiddie pool in the backyard?
At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center, we desire dogs to get plenty of exercise and bonding time with their owners. With mindful observation, appropriate precaution, and a little good sense, you may find swimming to be a pleasurable activity for you and your furry pal!
Where Can My Dog Swim Safely?
Let’s have a look at the benefits and drawbacks of some common swimming spots for dogs:
- Swimming pool: As long as the chemicals in a pool have actually been appropriately maintained and are pH well balanced, swimming pools are generally safe for dogs- simply make sure they do not drink the water. Teach your pet dog how to leave the pool safely by using the stairs or ladder, and never ever leave a dog in or near a pool unsupervised. It’s also a good concept to completely rinse your pet dog off with a gentle water spray to rid the haircoat and skin of any pool chemical residue.
- Wading pool- A little kiddie pool can be a good way to securely introduce your dog to water or to play with your canine in water, especially if your pet dog is a smaller type. Be sure the water is fresh and tidy, and that you stay with your pet while it remains in the water. Similar to a kid, a pet dog can drown in even shallow water if panicked or tired. Always stop the swim when your dog begins looking worn out or does not seem to be enjoying it.
- Lake- Larger lakes can be a fun and typically safe place for dogs. Avoid lakes with algae on the surface, as this can be hazardous, causing ear/eye inflammation and GI upset. Enjoy the coast for dangerous particles, and stay away from any water that appears stagnant, filthy, or consists of particles or garbage. It’s a should put a life vest on your dog while boating or swimming in a lake. Also, do not let your dog swim too far from you where a rescue would be tough if your dog entered into trouble or ended up being tired.
- River- Fresh, streaming water can look like an ideal place to swim, but rivers are an ever-changing landscape– an area that looks safe to swim in one day can be unsafe the next. Currents and undertows can also be treacherous, and some areas of a river can be remarkably deep. Any pet dog can get into severe problems if caught up in a present and swept away. Even rivers with a shallow location and long bank that seem safe can be a problem if a dog swims even more out. It is best to avoid rivers as a whole. If you are going to hike or be near a river with your pet, it’s a good idea for your canine to be using a life jacket, simply in case, it winds up in the water. Likewise, keep your pet dog away from rivers after floods, heavy rains, or snowmelt overflow.
- Stream/creek- Little shallow streams or creeks, may not be deep enough for actual swimming, but they can make the perfect place for a quick splash cool-down while on a hike. Look for sharp things in or along with a stream, such as damaged glass, sharp sticks, or rocks.
- Pond- Due to their small size, ponds tend to collect algae and other particles and might have greater amounts of germs from animal feces and other sources. Unless the pond looks remarkably clean and clear, it’s most likely best to skip it completely.
Access to freshwater, protection from the heat, and cleanliness should be top concerns anytime you take your dog for a swim.
- Take lots of breaks in the shade and stop the swimming totally if your pet dog begins to look worn out.
- Deal fresh water for drinking to keep your pup hydrated and to discourage drinking directly from rivers, lakes, streams, or swimming pools.
- For its security, any pet that swims must be trained to consistently respond to your “come here”, “leave it”, and “stay” commands, as this might save its life in a dangerous situation.
- Thoroughly wash your pet dog with tidy water and towel dry after each swim. Ensure to thoroughly dry off the ears to prevent infection.
- Ensure that your canine’s vaccinations, consisting of leptospirosis and parasite defense, are updated prior to swimming, specifically if other pet dogs will exist. While fleas, ticks, heartworm, and lice are always a concern, leptospirosis is transferred particularly through water infected by an infect animal, and can also be transmitted to individuals.
- Dogs should CONSTANTLY use a life vest while finding out to swim or routinely swimming in any body of water. Just a trained and knowledgeable canine swimmer must be enabled to enter a lake or pool without one and, then, only for short time periods and close to the coast. The last thing you want is to have to go in to rescue your dog, which might put you both at risk or worse. Life jackets for dogs been available in a variety of sizes and shapes.
- NEVER EVER leave your dog unsupervised around any body of water. Canines can and do drown if stressed, tired, or just unable to swim to safety on their own.
Please do not hesitate to call us for more details on caring for your canine, or to set up a visit for your pet. We love assisting dogs to remain healthy so they can delight in the outdoors with their people. Happy splashing!