The Dog Days of Summer are upon us. School is out, nightfall comes later, and the temperatures are warmer. Naturally, children and pets alike, look forward to taking a dip in the family pool more so now than ever! But just as we need to be mindful of pool safety for our children, we need to do the same for our pets.
Contrary to popular belief, not all dogs are good swimmers. We know your pets are like family, so naturally you want to include them in your summer pool fun. Before doing so, take into consideration any physical limitations your pet may have. For example, some breeds of dogs are more “land dweller” than “sea creature” such as English, American and French Bulldogs. If your pooch is blind, hard of hearing or suffers from arthritis or joint pain, keeping an extra close eye on them while they splash is crucial to their safety.
Another popular misconception is that is ok for pets to drink pool water. Chlorine, algae, and some chemicals can be very disruptive to your pet’s gastrointestinal system. Saltwater pools can cause electrolyte problems if enough is consumed. This is not to say you should cease using chemicals to maintain your waters balance and sanitization. Pool chemicals should be used according the instructions on the label to keep you and your pets safe. Maintaining your pool will ensure that you and your pet are safe from bacteria, including algae, fecal matter and other harmful bodily fluids and contaminants.
Just as you do with your children, set limitations, and put safety measures in place for your pet. Gates and fences coupled with close supervision around water in addition to training your pet on how to enter and exit the pool, can keep the pool area fun and accident free.
If you are looking for kid and pet friendly pool products, check out our EZRES® Product Line. We have products for all your residential water care needs. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. We would love for you to share pictures of your pets enjoying the pool! Post your pictures and videos with #myapipet so we can share them as well. Stay safe and have a great summer!