Dogs And Water Dangers
Always Supervise Your Dog Around WaterMake sure that whenever you are around water with your dog, you are always supervising them. Not only do you need to keep an eye on them while they are in the water, pay attention to them when they come out of the water. Some dogs will play fetch with you until they collapse from exhaustion. If you are tossing a ball or bumper into the water and having them retrieve it, make sure they aren't exhausted before tossing it back into the water again. It is estimated that thousands of dogs die from drowning every year. Make sure you never leave your dog unattended around a body of water, and watch their body language for signs of distress.
Salt Water PrecautionsDogs love playing in the water, but remember that playing fetch, being in the sun, and lots of swimming in the ocean can make a dog thirsty. A dog that is dripping wet and waiting for you to throw the ball again may not look like he is thirsty, and since they are in the water you may not realize they need fresh water for drinking. If they are playing in the ocean and thirsty, some dogs will drink salt water. (I have one of those dogs)
Dogs will ingest some salt water while playing in the ocean. Small amounts won't hurt them. They will ingest it as they swim with a ball in their mouth, retrieving a bumper, etc. But if you see them drinking salt water, remove them from the water and provide them with fresh water to drink. If they are drinking large amounts of salt water, it can prove fatal. Too much salt water can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration. An abundance of salt water can disrupt the fluid balance in a dogs body. This in turn can lead to seizures, kidney failure, brain cell loss, and dehydration. If you suspect your dog has salt water poisoning, take them to your vet immediately.
Fresh Water Precautions
- loss of coordination
- glazed eyes
- excessive salivation
- difficulty breathing
|No Carbon, you can't go swimming|
- Troubled breathing
- Don't let your dog drink out of lakes, ponds, or streams.
- Keep your dog leashed and away from the water.
- Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there.