Six Water Safety Tips Every Dog Owner Should Know

Six Water Safety Tips Every Dog Owner Should Know

Most dogs can swim, but not all dogs are good at it or like it. Flat-faced dog breeds, like French Bulldogs or Pugs, not only have short snouts but are also top heavy with big chests. If they get too tired trying to stay afloat, they can quickly sink.
When bringing your canine companion along to join the fun on the water this summer, be sure to keep their safety in mind.

To help pet owners keep their dogs safe, Trupanion shares the top 6 tips on water safety for dogs:

1.       Watch: Know where your pets are and what they’re doing.
2.       Pool Safety: Pets must be able to get out easily.
3.       Wash: Don’t let salt or pool chemicals dry in your dog’s fur.
4.       Life Jackets: The right fit, buoyancy, handles and bright colors so you can easily spot your pet are all vital.
5.       Rest: Swimming can be strenuous! Give your pet plenty of breaks and clean drinking water.
6.       Water: Don’t let your dog lap up lake, river, pool or ocean water.

And above all, use common sense.

Pools can be dangerous and dogs can overload on water, resulting in water intoxication. It’s not common, but often fatal.

Excessive water intake from swimming too long, diving into water or even biting at sprinklers causes hypernatremia (dilution of sodium). Diluted electrolytes can cause muscle and nerve control issues including seizures. A significant amount of water can lead to brain swelling as the body tries to balance electrolyte levels, and the combination can mean insufficient oxygen dispersal through diluted blood.

Keep an eye on your pet during these hot summer days. If you think your pet has ingested too much water, or perhaps too little (resulting in dehydration) be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately for the best way to help your pooch.

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It's not common, It's 6 awesome safety tips. Daily washing keep your pet more healthy and keep away from disease. I want to share a secret my dog can swim, but he take lot of months to learn swimming.
Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:26
Dilution of sodium in the blood is HYPOnatremia, not HYPERnatremia. Hypernatremia is an increased concentration of sodium in the blood and can be equally dangerous. An example of a situation to watch would be at the ocean, where a dog might be ingesting salt water from fetching a ball or "herding" the waves.
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:24
If you're dog has ANY one of the following symptoms:
-pale gums
-drooling excessively
-lethargy and lack of coordination

Time is critical in this situation, I unfortunately lost a 4 year old cockapoo to water intoxication this past weekend. She was biting at the water in lake michigan for an hour and an hour later she was already dead. There is no time for blood work at the vet, explain your situation and that your dog has water intoxication action needs to be taken immediately in order to avoid brain damage, heart failure, coma and death. Keep an eye on your pup and keep them safe this is a more critical situation than one would expect, take action immediately if you have doubt better to be on the safe side. Best wishes for all.
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:00

Dog of the Week!