Being a pet owner is a huge responsibility. Not only do you need to make sure your pet receives regular veterinary checkups and vaccinations, but you should also be aware of potential emergencies that may arise.
Water-related incidents are some of the most common causes of emergency vet services, but thankfully there are steps you can take to help avoid these unfortunate situations.
Here are some water safety tips for pets that will help you keep your furry friend safe and happy this summer (and out of the emergency vet service offices):
First and foremost, never leave your pet unattended near any body of water. While many dogs instinctively love swimming, they need someone around to watch over them in case something goes wrong. It's also important to choose an appropriate spot for swimming - such as a designated dog beach or pond - because not all bodies of water are safe for swimming.
It's also important to make sure your pet is properly trained when it comes to water safety. Make sure they understand basic commands like 'come' and 'stay' around the pool or lake so they know what is expected of them when swimming. You should also teach them to mind their business when it comes to interacting with other creatures (like gators) to avoid ending up needing emergency vet services.
While water safety is important for humans, it is especially important to ensure the safety of our furry family members. Pets can easily get into trouble in the water without proper supervision and guidance, so here are some tips to help keep your pet safe in and around the water:
1. Always supervise your pet when they are swimming in any body of water - even if you think it is shallow or not deep enough for them to get into trouble. Dogs may be strong swimmers, but they can tire quickly and become overwhelmed by currents or other unseen hazards and end up requiring emergency vet services.
2. If you plan on taking your pet out on a boat, make sure they have a life jacket specially designed for their size and breed. Many boating accidents occur each year due to pets not having proper life jackets.
3. Teach your pet basic commands such as “leave it” or “come” that will allow you to bring them back safely and avoid emergency vet services should they wander off near any body of water.
4. Be sure to check any ponds, lakes, rivers, streams or other bodies of water before allowing your pet in them - there could be dangerous debris, pollutants or toxic substances present that could cause serious harm to your pet if ingested or touched directly with their skin/fur/paws.
5. If you see any signs of distress such as excessive panting or struggling while swimming, immediately remove your pet from the water and seek emergency vet services. Be sure to get them out of the water if they fall in by accident and check to see if they have been hurt or injured in the process.
Lastly, your don't forget about proper hydration and rest periods after swimming. Dogs beloved (and other animals) can easily become overheated after spending too much time in the sun.
We must keep our furry friends or safe when engaging and enjoying in physical activity like swimming. Make great sure your pet gets plenty of outdoors breaks - and access to shade and fresh drinking water throughout their playtime.