Can I take my dog swimming?

Yes, you can take and should take your dog swimming as swimming is great form of exercise for a dog, and many dogs love the water. But as with most physical activities, swimming comes with a few dangers, and it’s up to you to keep your dog safe.

Be cautious about water that may be contaminated with chemicals. Many parks, golf courses and other sites treat their ponds to control algae. Even if the pond itself isn’t treated, it may contain fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides from drainage run-off from agricultural activity in the area. Dogs can become ill or even die from ingesting chemicals. The chemicals may also cause skin irritations.

Also, most beaches allow dogs, and playing in the waves can be great fun. Be sure that dogs are allowed and always clean up after your dog. Remember, dogs are not the only ones going barefoot on the beach! When you’re finished for the day, check your dog carefully and if your dog has been swimming in the sea, a bath at home will help to remove the salt from his coat and skin to prevent irritation.

If you do bring your dog to the seaside during the summer months, be sure, that you can also provide some shade for your dog to keep him cool. Take along plenty of fresh water to prevent dehydration.

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