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Swimming With Fido

July 15 2022

Swimming is a classic summertime activity, for people and pets. Many of our canine buddies love to cool off by going for a dip. Of course, you’ll need to take precautions to keep Fido safe at the pool. A local Champaign, IL vet offers some tips on this below.

Swim Lessons

If your pup doesn’t know how to swim, take some time to teach him. A shallow pool or lake is a good option for this. Support Fido as he is learning. We also recommend getting a doggy lifejacket for your furry pal. This is also just good to have on hand: you’ll need it if you ever go boating.


Choosing the right spot is very important. Only take your pup to pet-friendly spots. This isn’t only for legal purposes. These spots are less likely to have steep drop-offs or strong currents. Keep an eye out for blue-green algae alerts! This type of algae can be deadly to dogs. (Tip: you can download the app for this here.)

Safety Measures

Always put Fido’s safety first. Never leave him unattended near water, even for a minute. Keep pools closed off by gates or fences when they aren’t being used.

Grooming/Paw Care

When Fido gets out of the water, his paw pads will be very delicate. This means he can very quickly get blisters and burns from running and playing on hot or harsh surfaces, like sand, tar, or rock. Keep your canine companion on soft grass as much as possible.


Headed to a pool? The first thing you’ll want to do is teach Fido how to get out. Put a visible landmark near the stairs, to make it a little easier for your four-legged friend to find the exit.


This may be easier said than done, but try not to let your furry pal drink pool water. Chlorine and other pool chemicals are definitely not part of Fido’s recommended doggy diet! Keep a bowl of fresh, clean water out for him at all times.


Did you know that dogs can get sunburns? If your furry best friend has pale or thin fur, he may need some protection from the sun. Ask your vet for tips on putting sunscreen on him.

Please contact us with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Champaign, IL animal clinic, we’re here for you.

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