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How to Protect Your Dog Around Backyard Pools
Swimming with your dog in your pool can be a fun summertime activity. However, backyard pools can put your dog at risk for drowning and other injury. To protect your dog around your backyard pool, teach them to swim, place a fence around your pool, keep them from drinking water, and monitor their health.
Creating A Safe Space For Your Dog
Teach your dog to swim.Not every dog knows how to swim. Many owners assume that their dogs know how to swim so they don’t worry about them around pools. Dogs may be inexperienced and not know how to swim. They also may panic and not swim correctly. Both of these things can lead to drowning.
- To help your dog learn how to swim, get them familiar with water by getting in the water with them. You can hold up your dog’s hind section to help them learn how to start using their back legs.
- You may also choose to get your dog professional swimming lessons from a trainer.
Show your dog how to get out of the pool.Many pets drown in pools because they fall in and don’t know how to get back out. You should help your dog learn where the steps are so they can climb out if they need to.
- You may want to put something near the steps, like a plant or a light, so your dog can easily find the steps and know where they need to be.
- You may consider putting a ramp or pet stairs into your pool.
Place a fence around the pool.One way to keep your dog safe from the pool when you are not around is to put a fence around the pool. The fence can keep your dog out of the pool, along with other neighborhood pets or wild animals who venture into your yard.
- The fence should surround the pool and be secure enough that your dog won’t be able to jump over it, dig under it, or break through it.
Avoid using floating pool covers.When putting a cover on your pool, use a safety cover instead of a floating cover. Though the pool may be covered, the dog may accidentally fall into it when chasing something. They also may think that the cover is hard enough for them to walk on.
- If a dog steps on a floating cover, they could be unable to find their way out of the cover. They may also fall under the cover, which would trap them and lead to drowning.
Take special precautions with at-risk dogs.Some dogs are at a higher risk of falling in the pool and drowning than others. This includes dogs that are obese, older, or small. Toys breeds may be too small to use the steps, so they may need a special ramps to help them get out of the pool.
- Dogs that are blind may not be able to see the edge of the pool, so they may accidentally fall in, especially at night. You should make sure your protect your dog from the pool if they are blind.
Swimming Safely With Your Dog
Use dog life vests.If your dog doesn’t know how to swim, or you have an older or obese dog that might get tired, you should put them in dog life vests when they are playing around the pool. This helps your dog stay safe in the event that they fall into the water.
- You can buy dog life vests at any pet store.
Avoid dog toys in the pool.You should skip the dog toys in and around the pool. If your dog is running after toys around the pool, they can hurt their paws or fall into the pool. If your dog is in the pool, they may chip a tooth by grabbing the toy and biting the cement edge instead.
- Dog toys increase the likelihood that your dog will swallow pool water full of unhealthy chemicals.
Rinse your dog after they swim.Chlorine and chemicals are not healthy for your dog. They can cause the coat and skin to dry out. If the dog remains damp for too long, they can get hot spots in vulnerable areas, like around their ears or under the collar.
- Rinse your dog with a garden hose or in the bathtub after they have been in the pool. Use a clean towel to dry them off afterwards.
Protecting Your Dog’s Health
Pay attention to your dog’s paws.The concrete around pools can injure your dog’s paws. If your dog runs around the pool while your family is in it, they may cut their paws on sharp and uneven stones, rocks, or the hard concrete. They may also burn their paws on the hot concrete.
- Your dog may also wear down their nails on the hard surface around the pool, and they can injure their paws on the pool steps by jumping into the pool.
Avoid letting your dog drink from the pool.Try to keep your dog from drinking too much from the pool. This can cause them to get sick. You can’t keep your dog from swallowing some water, but discourage them drinking from the pool by placing fresh, cool water near the pool for them.
Watch for signs of heat stroke.During the summer, dogs may play in pools with their owners, or they may play around the yard while their family enjoys the pool. Being active and outside in the hot sun all day can put your dog at a higher risk for heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke include:
- Excessive or loud panting
- A bright red tongue and red gums
- Drooling excessively
- Thick saliva
- Extreme thirst
- Skin around muzzle or neck doesn't snap back when pinched
- Increased heart rate
- If you suspect your dog has heat stroke, take them to the vet.
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