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Advice for dog owners

Advice for dog owners

For many people, dogs are part of the family, so it’s important to take steps to keep you and your dog stay safe around water:

  •  Avoid throwing sticks or balls near water for dogs - they will go after it if they think you want it back even if you've thrown it too far or into dangerous water      

  •  Never enter the water to try and save a dog – dogs are usually much stronger swimmers than we are, and often a dog will manage to find its way out of water on its own       

  •  Even dogs that like swimming can usually only swim for short bursts - keep an eye of your dog and don't let it enter the water if it's older or tired      

  • If your dog loves the water keep it on a lead and make sure you have control to prevent it jumping into hazardous or unsafe areas      

  •  Wet riverbanks, steep edges or jagged rocks can make it hard for a dog to get out of water, and it can be a slip risk for owners      

  • Don't lean into water and try and lift your dog out - you could topple in      

  • If your dog has struggled in the water it may have inhaled water and should see a vet, as dogs can drown after the event if water has entered the lungs      

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