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    6 Swimming Safety Tips for Dogs - Complete Guide

    15 September

    With summer at our doorstep, you have to be the one letting the dogs out. Every morning feels like an introduction to a hotter day, that just does not seem to end.  

    It is time to turn all those fun activities with your dog into reality, this summer. Engaging with your dog in such activities will give you some of the fondest memories.

    However, before planning a fun day at the pool with your dog, you need to know certain safety measures, so that your fun does not get interrupted. This article here is just what you need, to get a hang of some of the safety measures.

    Therefore, you have to read this article till the end. For the sake of your pup.

    6 Best Swimming Safety Tips For Your Dog

    It is only obvious to think that swimming is instinctive, when it comes to dogs. It is not fair to assume that all of them will be comfortable or suited well to water. Their water adaptability and preference are almost synonymous, with that of humans.

    Dog breeds like, bulldogs and basset hounds cannot swim because of their broad chests. It makes it difficult for them to stay afloat. Whereas, silver sable German shepherds can swim under proper training.

    Some dogs will require an extra dose of precautionary measures because of, them being prone to health hazards. For example, pugs & Shih Tzu, dogs belonging to the brachycephalic breed, need extra attention in water, because of their short snout.

    Here’s presenting 6 major safety tips that you should follow:

    1. Make The Process Slow And Steady

    As a dog parent, you might assume that your dog is comfortable around water. But does your dog think that same way? Therefore, it is advisable that you make this process slow and comfortable.

    You can start by gently walking them into the water, instead of encouraging them to dive. Start at the shallow end, by splashing some water, again gently, at your dog. His response will help you take the next step.

     Keep high calorie dog foods handy as treats, to reward them as they swim further, engaging in their independent paddling. Reassuring communications serve quite helpful.

    2. Make Sure Your Dog Does Not Drink The Water

    While in water, you have to make sure that your dog does not drink from that water body. As these water bodies contain blue-green algae, harmful parasites, and other bacterias, that can lead to some serious infections.

    However, swimming pools’ waters are not all that safe. It can be equally harmful because of the chemicals used in the cleaning process, for instance, Chlorine. It certainly cannot be ingested.

    Did you know? The presence of salt in the ocean water, makes it easier to get pulled inside your dog’s intestines, leading to a health hazard popularly known as, beach diarrhea.

    3. A Life jacket Is A Must

    Although, most people offer suggestions, as to not give your dog a life vest, and instead letting it explore freely. However, during the initial process, it is advisable to arm your little soldier with a life vest.

    Although, for smaller dogs with short snouts, a life vest should be a compulsory accessory. Also, when in a comparatively larger water body.

    4. Never Lose Sight Of Your Dog

    You might face some amount of ridicule, or get addressed as an obsessive parent, but none of these should stop you from keeping a vigilant eye on your dog. Supervision is very important, whether your dog is in shallow water or a lake or simply engaged in a fun activity at the cleanest possible swimming pool.

    It is important, both during the initial days as well as the days when your dog has gotten used to the water. It will help you identify any sort of abnormality, faster.

    Or what if, a wild cat in Russian breed is hiding somewhere, to attack your goofball?

    5. Make Sure Your ‘Goob Boi’ Is Vaccinated

    It is not wrong for your dog to spend time outdoors. But make sure to get them vaccinated. Any regular vet can tell you about these.

    You have to protect your dog from dehydration and overheating, and from other diseases, like Leptospirosis.

    6. Do Not Forget To Give Him A Good Bath, Once Out OF The Pool

    Make sure to give your dog a good shower, post to the pool play. This will wash off all the chemicals and bacteria, if any, left behind on his coat.

    Make sure to dry up the ears to avoid ear infections.

    Ending The Splash Tale!

    Now, that you have reached the end of this article, you are ready to plan a fun day out with your goofball. The objective of the article is hence fulfilled. Remember, you are the parent and you know best what your dog is comfortable with and in.

    Hey, are you a dog parent?

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    Author Bio:

    Millie Smith is a passionate blogger. She loves to share her thoughts, ideas, and experiences with the world through blogging. Millie Smith is associated with The Bitcoin Magazine, & The Dating Dairy, Essay Writing Guides, The Casino Magazine, The CBD Magazine, The Parents Magazine, The Legal Guides, The Pets Magazine, Gossipment, The Sports Mag.

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