4 Pool Safety Guidelines for Pool Owners with Pets

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With summer in full swing there’s nothing quite as refreshing like a dip in the pool. If you have pets, there’s a good chance that Fido or Fluffy would like an occasional refreshing swim too – along with the frogs, deer, bears and other creatures.

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Here are 4 ways you can make your pool safer for all of your furry friends:

1. Install safety devices

The most effective way to keep critters safe around the pool is with fencing. Your pool area, as well as your pool pad and pool chemical storage should be fenced off to help keep pets and wildlife from getting into trouble. Ensure that your safety fence has no gaps, and check regularly for tunnels and holes. Also, keep tables and chairs away from your fence, as they can be used to gain access to fenced-off areas.

Using a pool cover is another great way to safeguard your animals. Your cover should be strong enough to support the weight of anyone or anything that might wander out onto the surface of your pool. There should be no gaps around the pool edge where smaller animals can get underneath the cover. Learn more about pool covers here!

Finally, getting into the pool is a lot easier than getting out, especially for animals. Use a device like the Skamper Ramp or the Frog Log so that when animals find their way into your pool, they can easily find a way out.

2. Teach your pet to swim & use a life vest

If you have a new pet, or maybe you’re pet-sitting, take some time to teach them to swim and show them where the pool exits are located. This will make it far less likely that pets will become distressed if they do go into the pool, especially for cats.

Life vests are a great last line of defense against accidental drowning, especially if your four-legged friend happens to be a breed of dog that can’t swim. It’s important to make sure Fido’s life vest fits correctly, so be sure to measure your pet before buying and get a style that fits properly.

3. Supervise your pets when they swim

Just like with kids, your pets should always be supervised when they swim in your pool. If pets are enjoying the pool during an event, designate a water watcher who is keeping an eye on all of the pets. Keep swims short and be sure to rinse off your pets when they get out of the pool.

4. Prepare now for an emergency

Finally, in the event that your pet does have a water emergency, knowing dog or cat CPR can be a life saver. It’s quick and easy to learn, and if you ever need it, it’s time well-spent. Learn more about pet CPR here.