Swimming With Fido

Do you plan to go swimming a lot this summer? Fido often loves splashing around and swimming on hot days! Just be sure to put your dog’s safety first. A Temecula, CA vet offers tips on swimming with dogs in this article.


Before taking your pup swimming, make sure he knows basic doggy obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come. These can keep Fido from running off or approaching dangerous areas.

Doggy Swim Lessons

Some dogs are natural swimmers. Retrievers, for instance, often take to water like furry ducks. Other pups need to learn how to swim. If you need to give Fido swimming lessons, be gentle and patient. Support his weight as he is learning, and encourage him with praise. Never throw your canine friend into the pool! This may just frighten him, and leave him with a lifelong fear of water.

Beach Safety

When taking Fido to the beach, avoid spots with heavy currents, wakes, riptides, or tall waves. Bring plenty of water along, and remember to clean up after your pooch!

Pool Rules

When it comes to pet pool safely, follow the same rules as you would for a child. First and foremost: never, ever leave dogs near water unattended. We strongly recommend fencing the pool off when it isn’t in use, especially if you use pool covers. It’s also important to make sure your pup knows where the pool stairs are, so he can get out again if he ever falls in. When taking Fido to a new pool, immediately show him where the exit is. You may also want to put a landmark in that spot. A potted plant or life preserver will do nicely.

Paws For Thought

Fido’s paw pads are very delicate, just like human skin, and will be especially fragile after he’s been swimming. Dogs can get painful blisters by running on sand, rocks, or even pool decks. Keep your pooch on soft ground as much as possible. You can also try putting booties on Fido. If he won’t go for it, use paw balm to protect his feet.

Fur Care

After swim time is over, rinse your dog off to get salt, sand, or chlorine out of his fur. You may want to brush Fido later, after he’s dried off.

Please feel free to contact us, your Temecula, CA pet hospital, anytime. We are here for you!

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