Summer Water Safety for Dogs

Summer Water Safety for Dogs

Summer and Water go together like dogs and evening walks. As families spend more time outdoors, water safety for your dog is critical. Water can be fun and refreshing for our furry kids, but only when care is taken to protect them. Here are some strategies to keep your dog safe around water this summer:


  1. Not all water sources are safe for dogs. Avoid swimming in areas with strong currents or waves which can quickly sweep your dog away.

2. Be aware of the dangers of algae blooms. Algae blooms can produce toxins that can make your dog sick or even kill them.

3. Check the water temperature before swimming. Water that is too hot or too cold can be dangerous for dogs.

4. Ensure nearby surfaces are safe for their pads. Water boots or shoes can help prevent cuts from shells, rocks and other unknown surfaces in the water or beach.


Life jackets are a solid safety choice when on the water with your dog. Choose a bright color with reflective material and ensure the jacket is snug but not too tight.


  1. Supervise your dog at all times. Even if your dog is a strong swimmer, it’s important to keep an eye on them when they are in the water.

2. Use a life jacket. Life jackets can help keep your dog safe if they get tired or are in a dangerous situation. A life jacket will also make your dog more visible.

3. Dogs can overheat quickly, so make sure they have plenty of shade and fresh water.

4. Watch your pet for signs of distress, such as heavy panting, coughing, bright red gums, or difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these signs, remove your dog from the water immediately and seek vet care.

After Care

  1. Rinse your dog off with fresh water after swimming. This will help remove any chemicals or bacteria on their skin and coat.

2. Dry your dog’s ears thoroughly. After your dog is done swimming, use a towel to dry their ears thoroughly. Watch ears for irritation or infection.

3. Check coat and skin for parasites, including fleas, ticks, and worms.

4. Check skin and pads for cuts or scrapes. Clean with mild soap and water to disinfect. Bandage if needed.

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