By following the safety advice above, you are in good stead to keep your pet safe by the water. However it is recommended you have a safety plan ready in the unlikely case of an emergency. Carry information of a local/ emergency vet so they are easily contactable when you need them. You should also be aware of CPR and how to use it on your pet.
CPR and the DRSABC principles.
As for a human emergency, the DRSABC principles provide the foundation of pet first aid.
D – Danger. Make sure it is safe to approach your pet. Use a blanket/ towel to handle cats or a makeshift muzzle for larger dogs.
R – Response. Determine if your pet is conscious and look for any signs of movement.
S – Send for help. Ask another person to call the local vet while you assist your pet.
A – Airway. Only check the airway if your pet is unconscious. Pull the tongue out of the mouth and look for any obstructions.
B – Breathing. Watch the chest to see if it is rising and falling. If your pet is not breathing administer two breaths.
C – Compressions. After two breaths if no signs of life, commence CPR.