The weather across the country at the moment is hot and miserable. This makes it the perfect time to jump in the water to cool off. There are many people who enjoy getting their dogs involved in their water activities which is a lot of fun. However, there are some water hazards you should be aware of with your dog.
Many people do not realize that dogs can get water toxicosis from drinking in too much water. This can happen with just about any water activity, from swimming, diving or even playing in the sprinklers. The signs of water toxicity include:
- Seeming lethargic
- Wobbling while walking
If you notice these symptoms, have your dog take a break from the water until their body can catch up and recover before you let them back in the water.
Life Jackets are a Must
There is a common misconception that dogs know how to swim, or at least doggie paddle. The truth is that while some breeds are natural swimmers not all dogs can swim. Along with this, dogs get tired just as people do. Your dog may not stop when they get tired which can put them in danger. To keep pet safety in mind, put your dog in a life jacket, especially if you are out on the water. Keep in mind that canoeing and rafting can cause your dog to fall out and the life jacket will protect them.
Know About Toxic Algae
This has been an issue in various parts of the country and is an issue with pet safety as well as people safety. As the name implies this is toxic and should be avoided at all costs. It is most prevalent in shallow waters This is why you need to keep your dog away from stagnant waters. Other signs include foam, green appearance and a musty smell. If your dog has been exposed to water like this then you need to get them to the vet right away.