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Do all dogs love swimming?

Published: Jul 05, 2012

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Many people assume that all dogs love swimming, but in reality, dogs' personalities vary, with some enjoying water sports more than others. Other dogs can't even swim. If you are going to be introducing your dog to the water this summer, there are a few ways to make it a safe and enjoyable experience for all parties.

Read up about your breed before attempting to introduce it to water for the first time, reports. Certain breeds, like Labrador retrievers, were bred to plunge into bodies of water, so owners should not be surprised if their Lab dives into the family pool or river behind the house and swims with ease. Other breeds (and even some retrievers) will be hesitant about taking a dip, and may prefer not to go in at all.

You should also talk to your vet about your dog's water activities this summer. Some veterinarians may recommend giving certain vaccines for dogs to protect against diseases like leptospirosis, a bacterial infection which dogs can contract from lake or river water. Giardia in dogs can also be an issue for avid canine swimmers. Routine flea and tick medication may require more frequent application in dogs who spend a lot of time in the water.  Your veterinarian can advise you on protecting your pet properly during the summer months.

When you are bringing your dog somewhere to swim, it is always important to have the necessary first aid for dogs in case of an accident or emergency.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.