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Pool Safety for Dogs

As summer rolls on, many of us are looking for ways to stay cool on those sweltering afternoons. Swimming is one popular way to beat the heat. There’s a lot to be said for spending an afternoon relaxing at the pool! Below, your Livonia, MI veterinarian offers pool safety tips for dogs.

Swimming Lessons

Believe it or not, not all dogs instinctively know how to swim. Even the doggy paddle may not come naturally! To teach Fido how to swim, go into the water with him and support him. He may need to figure out how to use all four legs to stay afloat. We also strongly recommend getting Fido a doggy lifejacket.

Training Fido

Make sure that Fido knows and obeys the commands to Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down. This basic training is very important to both your dog’s safety and the safety of others.

Showing Fido The Pool

The first thing you should do when bringing Fido to the pool is to show him where the stairs are. That way, if your pooch ever falls in, he can get out again. Don’t just show him once: make sure he really knows by testing him a little bit. We recommend placing a visible landmark, such as a potted tree, near the stairs.

Don’t Drink The Water

Don’t let your pooch drink pool water! Chlorine and other chemicals often found in swimming pools are definitely not good for your canine buddy. Keep a bowl of fresh water out for Fido when you’re hanging out at the pool.

Safety Concerns

Pool covers can be very dangerous for dogs. Fido might step onto the cover, thinking it’s a solid surface. Senior dogs, puppies, and pooches with poor vision are all at high risk for accidentally falling into pools. If your canine pal falls into any of these categories, you’ll need to be extra careful. A pool fence is never a bad idea! Also, never leave your dog near a pool unsupervised.

Paw Care

After Fido’s been swimming, his paw pads will be very delicate, so he can easily get painful burns or blisters from running around on hot tar or asphalt. Even pool decks can cause your poor pooch to blister! Keep Fido on the grass after swim sessions.

Contact us, your Livonia, MI vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs!

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