If you are the owner of a backyard pool, you are probably well versed in “Pool Safety” rules. If you have children, you are doubly well versed. But have you ever thought about pool safety for your dog(s)?
It turns out that pools can be death traps, even for dogs that are excellent swimmers. Many people think that all dogs can swim. This is just not so! Try throwing most English Bull dogs in the water and you will see very little swimming and a whole lot of sinking. Even dogs that are excellent swimmers can tire out, get disoriented, and forget where the steps are. If nobody is around to witness the struggle, a dog owner can happen upon a very traumatizing scene.
Thankfully, with a few tips on Pool Safety for Dogs, you can relax knowing that your beloved pet will only have pool access when his human lifeguard is on duty.
- Make sure that your dog never has access to the pool without supervision. Consider a mesh pool fence for pets. They maintain the attractive view of the pool, keep your dog (and kids!) safe, and are good for resale value.
- Never ever throw your dog in the water. A dog needs to enter water at his own pace, and at his angle of choice, to prevent injury to his nose and ears, and to decrease the amount of water ingested.
- Pools, and pool areas, can be loaded with chemicals that are toxic for dogs to drink. Whether your pool is treated using chlorine, bromine, or a salt water system, the water can end up poisoning your pooch. Always provide fresh drinking water by the pool side so your dog has a safer choice.
- Make sure to keep all pool chemicals locked in something that your dog can not get into, or chew through, to prevent him from ingesting harmful chemicals.
With a mesh pet fence, and a few common sense pool side practices, you and your family – pets included – can enjoy safe and pleasurable backyard pool memories for a lifetime.