I thought that since it is cold, raining, and snowing in parts of the world, a little sunshine might make the day better!  Here are some pool tips for you to think about before it starts warming up again and it’s time to go swimming!

There’s little that’s as refreshing and relaxing as a dip in the swimming pool after a long day. Your dog probably feels the same way. While the pool is tempting, something as innocent as a swim could prove deadly to your pet.

Pool Safety Tips for Your Dog
Take the following steps to ensure that your beloved pet stays safe around the swimming pool:

Barrier to Entry

Installing a pool fence is essential, whether or not your dog is a good swimmer. The chemicals in the pool can be harmful to pets, so the best strategy to limit your dog’s exposure is with a pool fence. A sturdy pool fence is required in most cities to prevent accidental drownings, whether or not your have children in your home. But fences are also a good way to keep your pets and any local wildlife like deer, alligators or raccoons from wandering into your swimming pool.

Instant Alert

If you have a doggy door and allow your pet to freely roam in and out of the house, a pool alarm like the Terrapin Safety Turtle ($140) can provide peace of mind that your dog hasn’t fallen into the pool in the middle of the night. Even with a pool fence installed, some clever dogs can find a way to get in if they try hard enough. This device is worn on your dog’s collar and, if submerged under water, it instantly triggers a loud alarm on the base you keep inside the home. If your dog isn’t a strong swimmer or is simply getting old and having vision troubles, this device could save you from the heartbreaking loss of a fatal accident.

Just a Sip

Drinking the pool water can be very dangerous for dogs due to the strong chemical concentration in the water. Be firm and train your dog from the beginning that the pool water is not meant for drinking. To lessen the temptation, always have a dog bowl filled with fresh water in your backyard for your dog if he gets thirsty while out and about playing. While many people realize this is imperative in the summer, this should be done year round, as your dog always needs plenty of clean water, no matter what the temperature.

Always Rinse After a Swim

Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to be strong swimmers and greatly enjoy it. Some dog breeds known to love swimming include Golden Retrievers, English Setters, Newfoundlands, Labrador Retrievers and standard Poodles. For these breeds of dogs, the psychological and physical benefits of swimming make this an ideal form of exercise. However, if you don’t rinse your dog after a swim, the chlorine and other pool chemicals can dull your dog’s coat and irritate the skin. It can even cause ear infections if he is prone to them. To prevent these problems, make a post-pool rinse part of your dog’s swim routine. For dogs with sensitive ears, focus on this area as well by flushing the area with a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar, as recommended by veterinary experts at Whole Dog Journal.

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