Which Areas are Safe for Your Dog to Swim In?
In the heat of the summer sunshine, it is imperative to check that the water quality at your dog’s favourite swimming spot is safe and healthy enough for them to have a dip in the water to cool off. The Horizons Regional Council produces reports on water quality at popular swimming spots in the Region between 1 November and 30 April every year. Get up-to-date information about the water quality at your dog’s favourite freshwater and coastal swimming spots here
Some general swimming guidelines for your dog :
- If the water looks clean and clear and it is a sunny day, it should be safe to swim.
- It is safest to wait for the water to clear after rain before swimming in the river.
- Do not allow your dog to swim in, or drink from areas of water affected by musty-smelling, black and slimy mat-like growths on the river bed stones, especially during times of low river flows.
- Do not allow your dog to swim in, or drink from areas of water affected by blue-green algae blooms (looks like green pea soup). Find out more about blue-green algae toxicity in dogs here.
- Remember to never leave your dogs unattended in the water, and get them out of the water as soon as any distress is noted.
If your dog appears ill shortly after a swim, please phone us at 063588675 to schedule your dog for a check over by one of our veterinarians.
Published by Cahill Animal Hospital on 05 February 2016