With summer just around the corner, I’m sure you have big outdoor plans for you and your four legged friends! Whether it’s visiting the beach, your favorite lake, or hopping in your backyard pool, catching some waves can be a fun activity for both humans and their furry counterparts. Of course, safety is number one when it comes to summer fun! Read on for our top tips when it comes to pet pool safety.
- A life jacket is essential!
From puppies to seniors and all dogs in between, you should absolutely have a life jacket for your pet. Even if your pet is well-trained and enjoys the water, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. This is especially true if you’re swimming with your pet in an ocean or lake - you never know which way the current will go or how your pup will react. There are plenty of life jacket options on the market these days and they can help save your pup’s life.
- Install a pet-safe ladder!
If you have a pool in your backyard, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a pet-safe ladder or ramp. This is a small investment that can save your pet’s life– especially if he or she unexpectedly falls into the pool. These ramps and ladders provide easy access for your pet to climb out of the water. Additionally, you may want to install a fence around your pool to block pet access altogether.
- Keep an eye on your dog at all times!
While there are no confirmed statistics, it’s estimated that over 30,000 pets drown each year– the saddest thing is how entirely preventable this is! No matter how seasoned a swimmer you think your doggo is, never ever take your eyes off of him or her. Even the shallowest bit of water can be hazardous to your furry friend.
The best thing you can do is to familiarize your pet with the water from a young age. Of course, you also need to realize that not all dogs will earn their sea legs. Just like their humans, some dogs simply have a fear and/or aversion of water that they may never overcome. Don’t force your pet to learn how to swim if it clearly causes them anxiety.
As long as you follow the above tips and practice common sense, you’ll have a great time sitting poolside this summer! Just be sure your dog is in good health and can handle themselves in the water. And don’t forget to visit any one of our five Puff & Fluff locations for a post-pool spa session! Scheduling is now easier than ever. Book online today!