Pool Safety for Dogs

Are you planning to spend time by the pool this summer? Good for you! Many of our canine friends also enjoy swimming. If you have a dog, you’ll want to take some simple precautions to keep Fido safe at the pool. In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA area, a local vet lists some great pool safety tips for Man’s Best Friend.

Teaching Fido To Swim

Not all dogs take to the water naturally. If your furry pal is a retriever or another water-loving breed, he will probably pick up swimming quickly. Other breeds, including brachycephalic dogs like pugs and boxers, find swimming more difficult. If Fido can’t swim, give him some lessons: support him gently by holding him up until he figures it out.

Pool Stairs

Making sure Fido knows where the pool stairs are is very important! That way, if your pet ever falls in, he will be able to get out again. Teach your canine buddy how to get out of the pool, and test him a bit to make sure he really remembers. You may want to mark the pool stairs with a large, visible object that can serve as a landmark, such as a potted tree.

Pool Covers

Pool covers can be very dangerous for dogs. Fido may not realize that the cover isn’t a solid surface, and could step onto it and fall in. Puppies, senior dogs, and pets with poor vision are also in serious danger of falling into pools. We recommend fencing off your pool area, just to be on the safe side.

Paw Care

Fido’s paw pads become very delicate after they’ve been immersed in water. It’s very easy for your pooch to get painful blisters from walking on hot or jagged surfaces after he’s been swimming. Use paw balm or wax to protect those furry feet, and keep your four-legged pal on soft ground after he’s been swimming.

Chlorine

When Fido gets out of the water, rinse his fur off to get the chlorine out of it. If you’re using a hose, you may want to get a hose filter, to ensure that the water you’re using is clean.

Please contact All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA area, with any questions or concerns about caring for your dog. We are happy to help!

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