The perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day is to take a refreshing dip in a sparkling body of water, especially if you have a fur coat. However, your furry friend can be exposed to several hazards when venturing out into the water. Before making a splash this summer, learn about water safety for your pet and the most common water risks.
#1: Your pet is unable to swim effectively
Swimming is natural for four-legged creatures, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Not all pets instinctively dog-paddle, especially if it’s their first time entering deep water. For your pet’s initial swimming lessons, strap them into a life vest to keep their head above water as they learn to swim. And, if you’re heading out to deep water, such as a lake or ocean, keep a life vest on your pet at all times to prevent accidents.
#2: Your local lake can contain harmful pathogens
Depending on where you take your pet to swim, they may be exposed to numerous water-borne pathogens. Toxic algae blooms, saltwater, and leptospirosis all pose a threat to your pet if they touch or drink the water. Vaccinating your pet against leptospirosis, rinsing salt from their fur, and being aware of algae blooms in your area are ways to keep your furry pal safe from these water hazards.
#3: Your swimming pool is full of chemicals
Although your swimming pool is crystal clear, it likely took a lot of chemicals to achieve that look. As your pet is splashing around, they may ingest the water or turn to it as a drinking source while playing in the scorching summer sun. Keep your pet from consuming large quantities of pool water by ensuring plenty of fresh water is available and limiting their time in the pool if they swallow water as they swim.
Is your pet’s leptospirosis vaccination up to date? Contact our team to help keep your furry pal protected from this zoonotic illness or for help with any water-related questions.