Pool Safety

Here in Arizona, almost everyone has a pool. It’s a great way to relax or exercise when it’s so hot out. What does this mean for our pets? Pools can be dangerous, but if used safely, can help your dog play and stay cool. Having a dog is a lot like having a toddler, so use the same rules for pool play. Here are some suggestions to staying safe.

Supervise:

Just because your dog can swim, doesn’t mean that accidents can’t happen. You wouldn’t leave a three year old alone in a pool, so don’t leave you dog either. They could get tired or confused, needing your heHere in Arizona, almost everyone has a pool. It’s a great way to relax or exercise when it’s so hot out. What does this mean for our pets? Pools can be dangerous, but if used safely, can help your dog play and stay cool. Having a dog is a lot like having a toddler, so use the same rules for pool play. Here are some suggestions to staying safe. • Supervise: Just because your dog can swim, doesn’t mean that accidents can’t happen. You wouldn’t leave a three year old alone in a pool, so don’t leave you dog either. They could get tired or confused, needing your help. Dogs will often play until exhausted, and dogs new to swimming may not know their limits. Make sure the person supervising knows how to swim, in case a rescue is needed.

Teach Them:

Some people think that dogs instinctively know how to swim, but this isn’t true. NEVER throw a dog into water. If you aren’t comfortable teaching your dog to swim, you can hire a trainer. Start slow, and if your dog is scared or doesn’t like it, don’t push them. Most importantly, teach your dog where the exit to the pool is. They can’t always see under them to find the steps, so putting a landmark like a potted plant nearby may help them know where they are. There are also ramps you can install that may be easier to use for smaller dogs.

Limit access:

Many areas in Phoenix have laws requiring fences around pools. If you don’t have one, look into getting one installed. Many people have a separate fenced off area for their dogs to do their business so there isn’t a chance of any pool accidents.

Safety Vests:

Think about using these if you dog isn’t a confident swimmer, or gets tired easily. Smaller or older dogs may find them especially helpful. Be sure to watch for overheating due to the vest. Always use life vests if your dog is swimming in a river, lake, or ocean as there are too many unknown factors.

Other tips:

Dry out your dogs’ ears after a swim to prevent infection.

Always provide fresh clean water so they aren’t tempted by pool water.

Wash them off quickly with a hose after a dip in the pool, as the chlorine can dry out their skin.

Have fun!

 

All Creatures Pet Sitting will always take the utmost care to keep your pets safe around pools while we’re visiting. Call us at (602) 404-4185 to schedule a meeting!

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