This is an amazing shot of a dog diving after a ball from Little Friends' Photo.
But it also shows how a dog can accidentally take in dangerous amounts of water, even if it doesn't "drink".
Dedicated to Stoli, Agility Border Collie, 2011-2013.
Can a dog die from swimming? Can a dog drink too much? Yes, and the cause to watch out for is water intoxication. It happens quickly and often, once it starts, it's hard to stop. Too often the dog dies or has to be put down when the condition becomes irreversible.
Swimming for conditioning and fun has become a more popular pastime for dogs and their owners. And as the numbers of enthusiastic dog swimmers rise, so has the incidence of water intoxication.
Some well publicized losses of prominent agility dogs due to water intoxication, as well a tendency for the problem not to be diagnosed until it's too late, has brought on a cry for increased awareness of water intoxication safety precautions and symptoms.
Remember, dogs don't have to "drink" water to get water intoxication. Repeated diving into water, chasing balls in the water and biting at waves are just a few of the behaviors that have caused dogs to get sick.
Dogs have even gotten water intoxication from playing in sprinklers.
Prevention includes avoiding prolonged water play and enforcing frequent breaks. Check for early symptoms, such as a swollen or distended belly, disorientation, throwing up water and staggering.
The article below has more information.
Valley Vet: Dehydration vs. Water Toxicity
Remember, this awareness doesn't mean don't play in the water. Just play it safe.