Warning: I am not a veterinarian. All advice I give should be taken with a grain of salt, as with a lot of advice you may read online. I just like to help animals, through helping their pet parents, with the 19 years of experience I have gained by working in veterinary medicine. Ultimately, you should consult your veterinarian before trying anything yourself at home.
If you have a swimming pool, and you have a dog, you should always teach them how to swim. Even if you never plan on them swimming regularly, in the event that your dog happens to fall into the pool, you want them to be prepared and know how to get out safely.
It broke my heart when a woman called into the clinic, a few years ago, to tell us that her dog had fallen into her pool and drowned.
This isn’t really a summertime warning, more of a “If you have a pool” warning, but since we all think about ways to cool off during the hot summer, and swimming is one of the ways a lot of people cool off, I thought it would be a good time to bring it up.
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