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Aug 15

Summer is Not Quite Over!

Pet Pool Safety

 

Although summer may be winding down for students who are heading back to school, we still have several weeks of warm weather to look forward to. If you’re like me, that includes some fun in the sun! During discussions with my family on how to stay safe at the pool, I started thinking about some other important family members – those of the furry, four-legged kind.

Protecting our dogs and other pets from swimming-pool related risks is critical. It’s estimated that thousands of pets die each year from drowning. However, there are many ways we can protect our critter companions from harm. Here are some of the top ways to keep your dog safe and healthy all summer long.

Keep your pooch safe near the water. Precautions like installing a fence or safety gate around your pool, buying a lifejacket for your dog, and investing in a floating ramp so your dog always has access to an exit can all protect her from danger. This article has a great list of ideas for protecting your critter’s welfare while you enjoy the sunny days together.

Teach your canine companion the doggy paddle. Although some breeds are more inclined to be naturally skilled swimmers than others, you should never assume that yours knows what to do in the water. This lesson plan from the American Kennel Club offers suggestions on how to ease your dog into the water and teach her to swim. Also keep in mind that dog life vests are now available in all sizes, and dogs get used to them quickly, and it will give you extra peace of mind if your dog becomes tired or just is not an efficient swimmer.

Be mindful of the health risks associated with harsh pool chemicals. Not only should you take care in keeping your dog out of water that’s just been treated, but you should also make sure that pool chemicals are locked up and completely inaccessible to your dog. These chemicals, in particular, should never be ingested by your dog, whether from the container or when mixed in pool water. If they are, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Know what to do in the event of an emergency. If your dog falls in a pool or other body of water unexpectedly – especially if she doesn’t know how to swim – it’s important to take her to the vet for an evaluation as soon as possible to prevent “dry drowning,” a condition where fluid accumulates in a dog’s lungs approximately one day after the incident. You should also know how to perform CPR on your dog if she is unresponsive after falling in the pool.

While we want our pets to be a part of our warm weather plans, it’s important to keep in mind some of the safety measures we can take to protect them while poolside. By making sure they’re always supervised around the water, keeping their paws off of chemicals, and taking immediate action should they fall in, we can better guarantee they’ll enjoy many more summers to come.

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Vee Cecil is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor. She loves making health and nutrition fun for her husband, children and clients in Kentucky. She also shares her passion for personal well-being on her new blog.

Many thanks to Vee Cecil for this guest post. She can be reached via her website:

mynewwell.com | Exploring All Sides of Wellness

 

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