It sure is a lot of fun to go swimming with your dog. It’s essential that you follow a few basic safety precautions whether you’re swimming in a public body of water or your backyard pool. Learn more here from a vet in Westlake Village, CA.

Provide Support

Not all dogs are strong swimmers, so it’s important to provide physical support in the water at all times. Even experienced canine swimmers may be caught off guard by ocean currents; always go in to the water with your pooch to be safe.

Don’t Drink the Water

Whether you’re having fun in your own pool, the ocean, or in a public lake, don’t let your dog consume the water he’s swimming in. Pool water contains chlorine, which you don’t want your dog ingesting. Public water may contain bacteria, chemicals, or any number of contaminants. Bring along a bottle of fresh water just for your dog.

Rinse Out the Coat

When you’re done swimming, always rinse out your dog’s coat with fresh water. You don’t want to leave chlorine, sand, salt, or dirt in the coat, as it could irritate the skin.

Call your Animal Hospital Westlake Village, CA office for more water-safety tips.