Tips for Swimming with your Pup

August 12, 2016 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Dogs Swim Tips

Are you considering taking your dog for a swim to beat the heat this summer? Whether taking a dip in the ocean, lake, or in the pool, stay safe with these tips from the American Kennel Club:


  1. Take it slow, and don’t force your pet into the water. The majority of dogs can swim and they love it. But dogs entering the water for the first time should be tested. Start in shallow water and support your pup’s stomach with your hand. If you feel your dog isn’t a strong swimmer, consider a doggy flotation device.
  2. Never leave your dog unattended. Always be in a position to help him or her out of the water.
  3. Keep a bowl of clean water close by to discourage your pet from drinking the swim water which can contain bacteria or chemicals. In addition, opt for flat, not round, toys so he or she will ingest less water when fetching it.
  4. Take multiple breaks. Swimming is a great form of exercise, but don’t let your dog overdo it. Watch for signs of exhaustion.
  5. Rinse your pup with warm water after each swim. This rids his or her fur of any impurities or salt that can cause itchiness or damage to their coat.


There is nothing better than a cool dip on a steamy summer day. Following these tips will assure your dog will enjoy it too.

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