Pet Safety – What You Need to KnowPets are our furry babies so the same as we would be careful with our children, we also have to be safe with our pets. Here at PPAS, we have put together the following tips to make sure each member (even the furry ones) of your family has a safe pool season. #1 – While some people might think all dogs are strong swimmers, or that the bread of the dog determines how strong of a swimmer they are. The fact is that the dog’s personality is that determines if they are a strong swimmer. Your dog will need to develop a relationship with the water and that will happen as they are around and in the water. #2 – Show your dog how to swim. If you aren’t sure how to show your dog to swim, you can get a dog trainer that will help you train your dog. They can teach your dog the basics of swimming and help them handle any fear that they have of the water. Try putting your dog in a kiddie pool before putting them in the larger pool. #3 – Life jackets for your pet safety is a great investment. You will feel safe knowing your pet will be floating safely in the pool. You shouldn’t leave your pet unattended even if you have the vest on them. If your dog gets tired they might swallow water or encounter another pool hazard and need your help. #4 – Make water play fun by enjoying it with your dog. Your dog will get used to playing in the water and is likely have a good feeling about it if you are there and its the safest way to play. #5 – Make sure your dog is able to get out of the pool by showing them where the exit is. If they don’t know there is an exit, they may stay in the pool until they are too tired. You can get different ramps that are installed that makes it much easier for small or elderly dogs. #6 – Learn dog CPR since it is better to know it and not need it than need it and not know it. There are animal shelters and some other organizations that offer classes. #7 – Be careful with older dogs since elderly dogs could be suffering from health issues and that might mean they need extra attention while they are swimming. Speak with their vet since they might not be able to swim at all. #8 – If your dog is out in the yard alone without supervision, getting a fence to keep them from being able to go near the pool is a great idea. #9 – Floating pool covers are dangerous when there is a home with pets or kids. You should get a safety pool cover that will fit the whole pool and be anchored in place so there is a barrier between the water and people or pets walking along the pool. This is going to help your pet safety greatly. #10 – Rinse your dog off after swimming to avoid any irritation from chlorine or other pool chemicals.
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