SOME THINGS TO REMEMBER
Not all dogs can swim, even those that are thought to easily adapt to the water. Some breeds, such as English Bulldogs, Pugs, Bassett Hounds and others are not swimmers and may not be able to stay afloat and sink to the bottom of the pool or other body of water.
Water safety is equally important in the winter as in the summer months. Small dogs especially can succumb to hypothermia quickly if they fall into a pool of cold water.
Young, inexperienced dogs or puppies may not be instinctively aware of the danger that the swimming pool provides.
Disabled and older dogs can lose their balance or sense of perception and fall into a pool with disastrous results.
Dogs can tire and get into trouble if they are not able to find their way out of a swimming pool or are unsuccessful in their attempts to exit the pool.
Even good swimmers can become disoriented if they unexpectedly fall into a pool.
Heat from the sun is more intense around water. Watch your dogs for signs of heat exhaustion and sunburn.
Rinse your dog’s coat after swimming whether it is in a pool, river, lake or ocean. Chlorine, salt and bacteria can cause skin irritation.
Do not let your dog drink from the pool, lakes, rivers or oceans. Chemicals, bacteria, parasites and salt can cause gastric upset.
TIPS TO AVOID A DROWNING TRAGEDY
Never leave your pet alone around a swimming pool or hot tub unless the area is fenced
Teach your dog where the stairs or other means of exit from the pool are located.
Purchase pet pool safety products and aides that help your dog get out of the water such as a ramp for an easy exit. Other safety products include a life jacket, pet collars, pool alarms and of course fencing around the pool.