Keep these pool safety tips in mind before your pooch spends a day by the water.
Pool safety tips that can keep your dog in tip-top shape this summer
July 16, 2012
With the Fourth of July passed, this summer has only just begun and there are plenty of outdoor gatherings, pool parties and other activities to experience before the season is out. During poolside get-togethers, you have a few more extra concerns to worry about if you're bringing your canine along with you. Above-ground and in-ground pools come with their own share of dog wellness risks, but if you keep the following tips in mind, you both can have an enjoyable day by the water.
1. Take your time. While your dog may be able to jump right into the water when at the beach, he may not be able to wrap his head around how a pool works. According to PetWave.com, if your canine seems a bit tentative about entering the water, consider taking him in your arms and slowly introducing him to the water. This will help him get over some of his jitters and he'll start to understand what hanging out poolside is all about!
2. Ingestion of pool chemicals. The chlorine and other harsh chemicals that are used to keep your pool clean aren't exactly good for your dog. Make sure to bring along a bowl with fresh water that your pooch can drink from throughout the day to prevent him from drinking the pool water. Additionally, giving your dog a good rinse after his swim will help avoid any skin irritation from pool chemicals and avoid ingesting them after the fact.
3. A means of escape. According to DogChannel.com, one of the most confusing aspects of being in a pool as a dog is finding a way out! Canines have poor depth perception while swimming, so they may not be able to find the stairs leading out of the pool. Consider putting down a large plant or a big marker of some sort near the stairs so your dog can locate the exit and make his way out of the pool.
There's nothing quite like a day at the pool, but you'll have to keep a close eye on your canine to ensure that he has just as much fun as you are! Helping your pooch understand his environment, introducing him slowly and keeping a watchful eye on him throughout the day will make pool parties one of the staples of your summer travels.