Keeping Your Dog Safe Around the Pool

Source: PetWave, Updated on October 27, 2016
Pool Safety
Pool Safety Tips Guide:

Things to Consider

On a hot summer day a swimming pool is a great solution for cooling down and having some fun. However, like with small children, your dog can be at risk of getting hurt or killed if not properly supervised. Here are some simple Dos and Don’ts to help ensure a safe and fun summer by the pool for everyone.

Do's

  • Remember that around the pool summer heat can cause heat stroke. Keep your eyes out for the symptoms (lethargy, excessive drooling, foaming at the mouth, etc.)
  • After swimming in the pool, help avoid any potential irritation caused by chlorine by washing your dog off with fresh water.
  • Clean ears after swimming. Many dogs can get ear infections. Dogs with floppy ears are most prone for infection.
  • Install a Scamper Ramp. This makes it easier for small or older dogs to exit the pool.
  • Keep your pet's eyes safe from chlorine irritation with Doggles.

Don’ts

  • Don't assume your dog knows how to swim. If he/she has never swum before, make sure to slowly introduce them to the water. Never throw your dog into the pool and think they will just swim!
  • Don't let your dog drink the pool water. Chlorine will make him/her sick.
  • Don't allow a dog to swim in a pool that has a cover. This cover can be deadly if the dog gets stuck underneath it.

By keeping these simple things in mind you will in a better position to ensure that you and your dog have a safe, enjoyable summer.

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