Pool Safety for Dogs

Are you planning to take your canine buddy swimming this summer? Just like people, dogs often enjoy cooling off with a nice dip in a pool or lake on hot days. However, the water can be very dangerous for Man’s Best Friend. Read on as a Crown Point, IN vet discusses pool safety for Fido.

Training

The first thing you want to do when bringing your pooch to the pool is to show him where the stairs are. That way, if Fido falls in by accident, he can get back out. Don’t just show your furry pal once: make sure he really understands. One way to test him is to have him get into the water, and then move away from the stairs and call him to you.

Swimming Lessons

While some dogs take to water like furry ducks, others are simply not well-suited for swimming. Ask your vet if swimming is a good option for Fido. If the answer is yes, take time to teach him. Never throw your pup into the water: this can be very scary, and could end up making your pet afraid of the water. Instead, support him gently, and offer lots of praise.

Paw Care

Doggy paw pads are very sensitive when they are wet, just like human skin. Fido could get painful blisters by running on hot or harsh surfaces after going swimming. Use paw balm or wax to protect those furry feet, and try to keep your canine friend on soft grass.

Water

Make sure your pet always has fresh water outdoors. This one may be easier said than done, but try not to let Fido drink out of the pool. The pool water can contain chemicals that are definitely not good for dogs!

Fur

When swimming time is over, give Fido a good rinsing to get the chemicals out of his fur. To really get that tail going, offer him some doggy ice cream as a special treat!

Basic Safety

Keep your pool gated when it’s not in use, especially if you have a pool covering. Pool coverings can be very dangerous, as dogs can easily mistake them for solid surfaces and try to walk on them. Better safe than sorry!

Please contact us, your local Crown Point, IN animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We are here to help!