It’s staying pretty hot in Chicago! If you’re spending time at the pool, lake, beach or marina it is a common misconception that dogs are naturally good swimmers. Dogs can tread water if they happen to fall in – it’s called doggy paddling! However, it is not the same as knowing how to swim. It is important that your dog is properly introduced to water before diving in. As your local Chicago vet, we have gathered a list of tips to keep your dog safe this summer!
Protect Your Dog From Drowning
Invest in a doggie life vest, especially if you’re taking your dog on a boat.
Take a dog CPR class.
Do not throw your dog into a body of water.
NEVER leave a dog unattended around water.
If you have a pool, be sure you have a fence.
Show your dog how to use the steps to get out of a pool. Practice exiting the pool together until your dog understands.
Swimming is tiring for your dog. When your dog is tired, they are more susceptible to drowning. It is your responsibility to get your dog out of the water to rest.
Are you unsure about your dog’s swimming abilities? Talk to your Chicago Vet!
At Village West Veterinary, our sole purpose is your pet’s health and comfort. Our staff combines technology with tried and true practical veterinary skills to care for your pet. We provide all of the quality care your dog could need. Call us today at (773) 697-7052 to make your next appointment or with any questions.
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Dear Pet Parents,
We thank you for your continued support while we've been navigating this new season of life in the COVID-19 world. We know that you're eager to get back into the hospital to accompany your pets during their visits. Unfortunately, in order to protect all our pet parents and our staff, we are unable to open the hospital to visitors at this time. We are going to continue practicing social distancing as long as necessary to insure we can stay open for your pets when they need us most. We ask that you please be patient with our team, and remember that everything we do is with the best of intentions for you, your pets and our employees. We love serving the Village West Veterinary community, and hope to do so for a very long time to come.
Our appointments continue to fill up fast, so we suggest scheduling your appointments at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance, whenever possible. If your pet is sick and needs to been seen right away, please let us know as early in the day as possible. We appreciate your support.