Summer is one of those times we spend more time in the pool and venture out to our local waterways to beat the heat. While we’ve all learned not to leave a pet alone in a hot car during these warmer months, there are other perils present for our pets near the pool. Here are Pool Safety Tips for your dog to keep him just like you love him- Happy and Healthy !!
Aside from some obvious dangers, like ingesting too much chlorine and other pool chemicals that can cause an upset stomach and other digestive problems, there’s some lesser known dilemmas that many dogs face. For example, the surfaces that commonly surround swimming pools can become burning hot under the summer sun, so be sure they have a blanket or other surface that protects them from possibly burning their sensitive paws. You may also protect the paws with our cute doggie waterproof summer sandals.
Before Going In
You should never force an animal into the water, whether it’s a swimming pool, lake, pond or other waterway. But if your animal is familiar with the water and enjoys a good swim, make sure they are also familiar with the where they can safely exit the pool. For dogs that aren’t good swimmers but still enjoy a dip in these waters, consider purchasing them a life vest to keep them safe in the pool or sea.
You should never assume that any particular canine can swim since some breeds are simply not designed for floating or “dog paddling.” Smaller dogs like dachshunds and breeds with broad chests and shorter legs like Bull dogs are notoriously poor swimmers when it comes to being in a pool. Other animals that have trouble in the water are:
- Basset Hounds
- Scottish Terriers
- Shih Tzu
There are also dogs that are more susceptible to a condition known as brachycephalic airway syndrome or BAS. Found in many of the dogs mentioned above, these canines often have shortened (which is brachy) heads (cephalic) that causes them to have breathing difficulties that could be problematic when swimming. While no animal or person for that matter should be left unsupervised when in the pool, pay particular attention to dogs that could struggle in the water.
Don’t Forget The Sunscreen
Just like humans, dogs can be subject to a painful sunburn from spending too much time outdoors. Especially for canines with shorter hair, lighter colored coats and skin, they could benefit from the use of sunscreen. You should be able to find a pet-friendly product at most local chains or online, you may also consider using those that are child-friendly. Read the ingredients and avoid using any that contain zinc as this is very toxic for pets.
Add Some Extra Fun and Colors
Colorful doogie bikinis and swim trunks with nice patterns. And, don’t forget to few dog’s water toys for a perfect water time on a hot day.
After The Pool Party
Be sure to properly wash and dry your pet after they’re done swimming. Be especially careful and vigilant when it comes to washing their ears and areas around the eyes. Look for any redness or other possible signs of irritation or issues from too much sun or exposure to chlorine.
As always, if there’s ever a problem with your pet that’s beyond your expertise, take them to see a veterinarian immediately. But for the most part, enjoy your time in the sun with your precious pooch, in and out of the pool.
Enjoy the summer while keeping your pets and family safe.