Pool Safety for Dogs

With the dog days of summer just around the corner, many of us will be taking to the pool to stay cool on sweltering days. Many of our canine pals also love swimming! However, you’ll need to be very careful when taking your pup to the pool, as the water can be dangerous for Fido. In this article from Armitage Animal Hospital, a Newmarket, ON vet discusses pool safety for dogs.

This Way Out

The first thing you’ll want to do is show Fido where the pool stairs are. That way, if he ever falls in accidentally, he’ll be able to get out again. Take some time with training, to make sure the knowledge really sinks in. (Tip: set up a landmark to mark the stairs, like a life preserver or a potted plant.)

Swimming Lessons

If your furry friend can’t swim, take time to teach him. Get into the water with him, and hold him up as he is learning. Offer lots of praise and ear scritches, so he forms positive associations with swimming. Never throw your pup into the pool: this can be very scary for Fido, and may leave him frightened of the water. Also, keep in mind that not all dogs are well-suited for swimming. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Fur Care

Just like people, dogs can get painful sunburns. Ask your vet for tips on using sunscreen on your cute pet. Also, when your canine buddy gets out of the pool, rinse him off to get the chemicals out of his fur. This is a great time to let Fido play in the spray from your hose!

Paws For Thought

Fido’s paw pads are very delicate when they are wet. Keep your pooch on the lawn as much as possible, and use paw balm to protect those furry feet.

Pool Safety

We recommend fencing off your pool when it isn’t in use. This is especially important if you have a pool cover. Dogs don’t always recognize covers as solid surfaces. Fido could be in serious trouble if he hops onto the covering and falls through! Also, make sure your pet always has fresh water, so he isn’t tempted to drink from the pool. Ask your vet for more safety tips.

Does your dog need an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Please contact Armitage Animal Hospital, your Newmarket, ON pet hospital, anytime!

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