Poolside with your pet is a good time where all pet owners can spend a little extra time with our furry friends, thanking them for their unconditional love and companionship. Owning a pet is a special privilege, and lots of us are lucky to own at least one pet. In fact, over 63% of the US population has a pet, and of those, 51% own a pool or spa. And on a sweltering hot day, your buddy wants to hop in the pool just as badly as you do. Here are some tips on how to keep your beloved pet safe.
All Dogs Aren’t Natural Born Swimmers
While most dogs love the water, some can panic if they can’t see the sides of the pool or if they aren’t able to grab the edge and get out. Dogs have very poor depth perception so they have a terrible time figuring out where the shallow end is or grabbing steps and ledges to rest. NEVER throw a dog into the pool.
The intensity of sunlight and heat are magnified around the pool. A dog’s internal temperature is very different from humans, so watch for signs of overheating. Also, dogs can be prone to sunburn just like humans. Rub down any white or pink areas on your dog with sunscreen.
Fresh Water Essentials
Have an area in the shade where your pet has access to fresh drinking water. Don’t allow your dog to drink from the pool; chlorine and other chemicals may cause an upset stomach.
Make sure when swim time is over to rinse your dog off to remove chlorine and/or salt from his fur, as well as it can irritate their eyes.
Maintain Your Balance
Be aware that if your dog uses the swimming pool extra vigilance is needed to maintain the chemical balance of your pool’s water. One medium-sized dog is the equivalent of 25 human swimmers in the pool! Besides the affect on the pool’s water chemistry, the fur of a dog can get caught in the pool’s equipment resulting in more frequent service and/or replacement of parts, resulting in higher service and maintenance costs.
Close the Gate
When you are not in your pool, make sure the gate is securely closed. Many dogs and cats can nose open doors. Maintain the same standards of pool security for pets as you would with children.