With summer coming up, many people are looking forward to hitting pools or beaches on hot days. Many of our canine pals also enjoy the water! Swimming can actually be very good for Fido, as long as your vet doesn’t object. Just put your pup’s safety first. A Leesburg, VA vet discusses swimming with Fido below.
When taking Fido to a pool, the first thing you want to do is show him where the stairs are. Take time teaching him, and make sure he really remembers. We also recommend fencing pools off when they aren’t in use. This goes double for the ones with pool covers. Dogs sometimes try to walk on pool covers. This can be very dangerous!
Ponds and lakes may seem like a great option, but be careful. Many parks, subdivisions, and golf courses treat their ponds with anti-algae chemicals. Ponds and lakes also may contain trace chemicals from fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, due to runoff. Plus, lakes that allow boats may have gasoline in the water. You definitely don’t want your pooch drinking that! Stick to dog-friendly spots.
Headed to the shore? Beaches can be fun for Man’s Best Friend, but they also present their own dangers. First and foremost, pick a beach that allows dogs. Avoid beaches with heavy wakes, choppy waters, red tides, or strong currents.
No matter where you go, there are a few general precautions to keep in mind. First and foremost, never leave Fido unattended near water, even for a minute. It’s also important to make sure that your pooch will obey simple commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come. There’s also a risk of overheating and dehydration. Bring plenty of water along for your pup, and watch for warning signs. We also recommend rinsing your dog off after he has gone swimming. Last but not least, always pick up after your pet!
Dogs’ paws are very delicate when they are wet! Fido could easily get painful burns or blisters running on hot sand or tar. He could also cut his paws on glass, sharp rocks, or shells. Keep your canine companion on soft ground as much as possible. If he won’t wear booties, use paw balm to protect his feet.
Please contact us, your Leesburg, VA vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!