Pet Pool Safety
Owning a pool has the advantage of being a relief from heat in the summer and the disadvantage of hosting a potential tragedy for your children or pets. Simply relying on your supervision powers is far more risky than it seems.
First of all you can’t watch them all the time. After all, it only takes a few minutes for your dog to slip in the pool and drown. It’s so easy to become distracted and you can never have the peace of mind that they’re safe. The stress will drive you crazy.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your dog in the pool, but you need to consider several things. The first issue is heat, and depending on what type of pavement you have around your pool, it can get really hot, really fast. In fact, if you get brick or cement it is probably going to be hot enough to burn your feet.
The problem is that dogs can’t keep as cool as people and sooner or later your dog will overheat. Don’t keep him around too long especially if he has a big coat, such as a Husky.
Another issue is the composition of the water in the pool. Chlorine will make your dog sick if he drinks from the pool. And it can also irritate his eyes. Make sure to give him a quick fresh water bath when the two of you are finished playing because his skin can get irritated. If you see your dog scratching furiously take him to the veterinarian.
Lastly many people think that dogs can naturally swim. Even if they are excellent swimmers they can panic and it’s very hard for them to climb the slippery sides of the pool. Also, senior dogs are more likely to slip and fall into the pool.
Extra safety measures
So what can you do to prevent your dog from flying in the pool when you’re away. Well, first of all your dog shouldn’t be out of his crate when you’re away, but anyway, here’s what you can do:
You can install a see-through barrier. This is the best way to prevent tragedy. Once it’s installed keep it closed all the time, even if you’re only gone for one minute. In fact, you probably shouldn’t need to worry about the door since it should close and lock itself. Once again, keep the doors securely closed. Don’t leave any small gaps because many dogs can open doors with their nose.
Another thing you can do is get a floating pool alarm. This device is left floating in the pool and will go off if the surface of the pool is being disturbed. Try not to get an oversensitive one that goes off whenever a leaf touches it. It should have a gauge that lets you set how big a disturbance needs to be for the alarm to go off.
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