Pool Safety Tips for Your Pet
Pet owners typically take their pets outside with them for some good exercise and fresh air. If you have a swimming pool in your yard or are going to some place where there will be access to a pool, it’s recommended you practice pool safety procedures for your pet.
Pet Pool Safety
By following some simple steps, you can ensure that your pet remains safe and does not cause any trouble for others. Here are some pool safety tips so you and your pet can continue to enjoy the swimming pool:
- Keep your pet on a leash when you are headed outdoors. This serves as the first step of safety to ensure that your pet is not lost or injured. It’s not cruel; in fact it’s better for your pet that they are leashed, if you can’t keep a constant eye on them.
- Keep unsupervised pets away from swimming pools. There are a lot of pets, such as dogs that are able to swim, but your pet may not be able to come out of the swimming pool without help. And if your pet is not trained yet, they may even drink water from the pool. The chemicals in pool water can be hazardous for their health. So keep some fresh water nearby so your pet can drink when thirsty. This will make it less tempting for them to drink chlorinated water.
- If you want to take your pet in the swimming pool, you might consider purchasing one of those animal life preserver jackets. They are quite inexpensive and keep your pet safe if they become tired or can’t exit the pool by themselves.
- If there is a grassy area near the pool that has been recently fertilized, make sure your pet stays off it. The fertilizer chemicals can be ingested when your pet licks or attempts to clean itself. This can have hazardous effects on their health.
- If you have pets like cats or dogs, it is a good idea to train them on pool safety. Naturally, cats avoid water, but dogs are fond of it. So teach them how to get in and out of the pool on their own. Stairs make it easier for them to get out on their own.
- Install a fence or barrier around the pool to prevent your pet from getting in the water while you are not watching. Fence gates should have alarms to warn you if someone or something tries to pry it open to get access to the pool.