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Swim Safety & Drowning First Aid

By September 2, 2011

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dog swimmingHappy long weekend! If you're like many folks, the holiday means a trip to the lake for some puppy swimming, sun bathing, swimming, and maybe even boating fun. Or perhaps you'll hang out at your own or a friend's pool. Remember that your puppy may enjoy water games. But just because he knows how to dog paddle doesn't mean he's completely safe. Puppies drowned every day because they're often clueless around water, fall in the pool and can't climb out. Be prepared with water safety tips. This new article explains how to teach puppies ways to get out of the pool, offers info about boating safety and life jackets for dogs, and even provides life-saving first aid step-by-steps for puppy drowning accidents.

Here in North Texas the drought has dropped water levels and heated up the lake so much that Lake Texoma has banned swimming because of a dangerous kind of blue-green algae is called cylindrospermopsis . It blooms below the water surface so you don't see the scum or foam water lovers might expect. And the CDC warns that skin contact can cause skin irritation, inhaling water droplets can cause runny eyes and nose, sore throat, asthma-like symptoms or allergic reactions; and swallowing it can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, and damage the liver, kidney and neurological systems. That's bad for people if exposed but puppies won't know any better--so be sure your water fun this weekend is safe for the fur-kids, too!

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