Water Safety In Dogs


Many dogs have been taking to the beach for some summertime fun. While splashing in the water can be fun for your pets, here are a few ways to keep that fun as safe as possible.

Don’t allow pets to go in deep water

When pets start to swim in deeper water, it can make them more prone to inhaling some water. This can lead to pneumonia, coughing, or drowning.

Avoid letting pets eat sand

When pets eat a large amount of sand, it can result in a clump forming in their intestines. When this happens, it blocks food from being able to pass naturally through their intestines, and can lead to constipation, dehydration, vomiting, or in worst cases, emergency surgery to remove the blockage.

Do not allow pets to eat the marine life

There are several types of toxic marine animals that can result in life-threatening sickness in pets. One of the more common marine toxicities around us is from dark false mussels, which can cause liver failure.

Bring lots of fresh water for pets to drink

It is important for pets to remain hydrated while they are playing in the summer sun, but make sure they are drinking only clean, fresh water! If they drink salt water, it can lead to dangerous salt toxicity in dogs. If dogs are allowed to drink fresh sitting water, they are more exposed to other infections, such as leptospirosis, a bacteria that can cause liver or kidney failure.

If you do have any concerns about your pet in water, contact your local veterinarian. VCA Calvert Veterinary Center has been serving the Pasadena community for over 17 years. The staff members are “your other family doctor.” To make an appointment, call 410-360-PAWS.


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