Doggy Paddle Approved: Pet Water Safety

The hottest days of the year are here. You and your pets are looking for ways to beat the heat, and hitting the water is always a good way to do that. While your cat may not be as keen to dive on in, many dogs and some cats love cooling off in pools or other bodies of water. When you and your pets are chilling by the pool, it is important to remember water safety. Whether your pet is an experienced diver or has never been in water, we need to ensure our four-legged friends are safe.

If you’re hanging around the yard, a plastic kiddie pool is a safe (and fun!) place for a pet to keep cool. A pool with only about a foot of water is a refreshing alternative for dogs who lack advanced swimming skills. This way, your dog can cool off and splash around without worrying about deep waters or a current. You may even be able to convince your cat to join in on the fun, perhaps just not in the water.

Precautionary measures for pups
If your dog likes to swim in larger bodies of water, it’s important to remember that even expert swimmers can’t swim forever. Dogs who can’t find their way out of large swimming pools can drown, so it’s crucial to establish an easy exit route from the water. If your dog will be swimming in a deep pool, lake or river, a canine life jacket should be considered.

A life jacket for dogs will keep them floating, as well as make them easier to spot in the water if they go overboard. If your dog seems to be resisting a life vest, make sure to treat extra Supreme Source treats while you’re putting the jacket on so that the experience is associated with something yummy and positive!

Don’t forget the cat!
Cats are known for not liking water, but there are also many cats who will not shy away from a little dip in. It is important to keep an eye on your cat when you are at the lake or sitting poolside. Cat life jackets are available for purchase online and are a great way to make sure your cat lives a long, safe nine lives.

So, get out and beat the heat, just make sure your pets are prepared!


When you and your pets are chilling by the pool, it is important to remember water safety.

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