Looking to hit the water for the long weekend? Whether you’re a new pawrent or a long-time dog-owner, it’s important to review water safety to help keep your pup safe.
Make Sure the Water is Fido-friendly
- Checking the colour of the water is a great way to tell if it’s safe to swim in. Stay away from water with blue-green algae as it may be toxic.
Check for Wildlife, Cedar Itch & Duck Lice
- Research the area beforehand and avoid areas with cedar itch or duck lice.
- Look for land and water animals that might be dangerous or aggressive towards your pet.
Look at the Water Levels & Current Strength
- If you’re headed to a river or creek, make sure the water isn’t too strong for your dog to swim in safely.
- Check the water levels, so you’re aware of any sharp rocks or potentially dangerous areas before dock-diving or playing fetch.
- Ensure there is an easy access point for your dog to go in safely and out of the water.
Practice Safe Swimming
- Make sure your dog is comfortable swimming. Never force or throw your dog into the water.
- Swimming can be tiring and strenuous for your pet, so don’t overdo it! Ensure they have a shady spot to rest and recharge.
Watch your Pet
- Never leave your dog by a body of water unattended.
- Make sure your pup isn’t getting too tired and see if they need help getting out of the water.
Protect Your Dog From Drowning
- Did you know that some dogs aren’t natural-born swimmers? Breeds like English bulldogs, pugs and other breeds with short snouts and barrel chests aren’t built for swimming and may need a lifejacket to keep them safe on the water.
- Watch how many waves your pet is eating. If they take in too much water, they might experience secondhand drowning.
- Rinse off your dog with clean water and dry them off with a towel
- Carefully wipe and dry the inside of their ears to prevent any potential ear infections
- Feed them lots of Chesterman Chew treats for being such a good swimmer!