As the weather gets warmer, we turn to the water to relax and cool down. Many dogs also enjoy water fun, but there are a few things you should know so that everyone has a safe and fun summer! First of all, not all dogs know how to swim, so don’t assume yours does! Start small, in a shallow, quiet area of water. Have your pet on a leash, and get in the water with them. Gradually work to deeper water together. As you get deeper, the pet should start to paddle with the front feet. When it does this, you can help support the rear end to help them learn how to float. Having a floating life vest can also be a great aid in this. Both the life vest and the first time in the water should be done slowly with positive reinforcement such as treats, and if the dog is not enjoying it, do not force it. When at lakes, rivers, or ponds, you will want to make sure there is not any blue-green algae, which is toxic to dogs. Make sure the current is not too strong for your pet. Keep them away from fishing gear-they can get tangled, or a hook could get imbedded causing injury. If […]Learn More
Heritage Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinarian clinic that provides examinations, diagnostic services, dental care, surgical services, medicine, grooming and boarding services in Maple Grove, Minnesota. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of pet care possible and facilitating an environment where client communication and education are at the forefront of our practice.
12624 Base Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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