Follow These Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe near the Water
If you live or play near the water, pet water safety is particularly important. Follow these tips to prevent accidents and injuries.
Use a fence around your pool. Fences keep pets and children from falling into the water when the pool is not in use.
Buy pool alarms that attach to your pets' collars. If your dog or cat falls in the water, an alarm will sound in your home. Pool alarms are a good idea even if you have an indoor cat, since it only takes a second for a pet to slip through an open a door.
Keep a bowl of drinking water by your pool, and bring a supply of fresh water when you visit the beach or lake. Drinking chlorinated water or lake, river or ocean water can make your pet sick.
Always put a life jacket on your pet when you take him or her on a boat. If the boat capsizes, your pet may not be able to swim for a long period of time on his or her own.
Consider buying a pet water ramp for your pool or boat. These plastic ramps allow pets to easily enter and exit the water.
Give your pet a bath after swimming. Bathing removes chlorine that can irritate the skin and bacteria from lakes, rivers and the ocean that can make your pet sick if licked.
Be sure to have your dog vaccinated for Leptospirosis on the schedule recommended by your veterinarian. It is a deadly illness that can be passed to your animal through water.
Thank you to Faithful Friends Animal Clinic for putting together and sharing this list!