When planning for swimming pool safety, it is important to also think of family pets. One of the surest ways to prevent accidents involving pets is to always keep the swimming pool gated or closed off from the yard. When you decide to introduce your pet to the pool, follow some basic guidelines to be sure that there are no safety issues.
Provide Clean Water
Be sure that when your pets are enjoying the pool, they also have plenty of clean water to enjoy. Providing fresh water will help to discourage them from drinking the chlorinated water, which could cause illness and vomiting. Monitor your pet closely to be sure they do not try to drink the water or eat bugs from the swimming pool.
Consider a Life Vest
Many dogs enjoy the water, but may get tired easily. If you plan to let your dog swim with you, it’s a good idea to invest in a life vest that will fit snugly and provide good support for your dog in the water. A life vest, usually made of soft foam, can help them to stay afloat easier. It is also a good precaution if your pet is hanging out by the pool with you.
Keep Them Close By
Never allow your pet to swim unattended or spend time near the pool without supervision. Even if your dog is a good swimmer, it is possible for the dog to tire out and drown without being able to get out of the pool. Always be close by so that you can see when your dog needs to get out of the water and help them to exit the pool. Some pool owners may choose to use a specially designed pet ramp to provide another way for a pet to get out of the pool.