Safety tips before putting your dog in a pool
Perhaps you are one of those people who considers their dog as their unconditional friend. And I’m sure you’ve thought of taking him for a swim which could be very calming for your furry companion, but there are many thing to consider.
So before letting your dog in a pool, remember to take into account everything that we will mention below:
What dangers could your dog find in a pool?
First of all, remember that the fur of dogs is not like that of humans. They also can’t let you know when they’ve been hurt or feel bad. It is your responsibility to take into account those risk factors that could affect your dog’s health. Of course, you should also consider your dog’s breed.
There are races that seem to be born knowing how to swim. You simply place them in a space with water and they just swim on their own. But there are certain types of dogs that swimming seems not to be in their genetic code.
As is the case of the “pug”, who for some reason do not seem to be able to swim. On the contrary, they usually sink if they fall into the water.
So, if you have one of these dogs, it is best to avoid getting them in a pool at all costs or get them an inflatable dog or life jacket at a pet store. On the other hand, if you have a puppy of any breed and have never had contact with large areas of water, you may be at the same risk. But you just have to teach him to swim.
As we mentioned, the skin of dogs is not at all the same as that of human beings. Yes, we also suffer from infections, burns and irritation from contact with chemicals in swimming pools, but to a much lesser extent. Dogs are at greater risk of being affected by burns and conjunctivitis due to exposure to chlorine.
In addition, these pathologies can be accompanied by dizziness, vomiting and poisoning in the respiratory tract if your friend occurs to ingest water. That is why the best measure to take is to wait for the chemicals to dissolve well in the pool before starting to swim.
Burns and heat stroke
Skin conditions in dogs are not just a product of chemicals. Because the same prolonged exposure to the sun can produce them. However, thick-haired dogs are somewhat safe from this. So you should pay attention to the safety of your dog if it has little fur or has an area with bare skin.
In these areas they can suffer sunburn to injuries that could develop as cancer on the skin. But nothing a good sunscreen can’t fix.
What should you consider before putting your dog in the pool?
We have mentioned that some of them very briefly. But here is a list of all the considerations you should take if you want to put your dog in the pool. Remember that a moment of innocent fun can turn into something to regret in seconds. So take the following precautions.
Make sure he knows how to swim
If you have an inexperienced puppy, he may not be able to swim. And they will only learn if you help them practice enough. This can be done if you place him in a shallow pool, in a bathtub, or in the regular size pool, but using lifeguards. So they can develop their innate swimming skills in a few lessons.
Check that the space is safe
As with children, spaces near the pool can be risky for dogs. Many objects nearby or a slippery floor are potential accident environments. Your dog may fall in or out of the pool, or break something close to him and injure himself.
Therefore, it is better to keep the environment clean. Likewise, the interior of the pool must be safe. Avoiding all those artifacts that can cause drowning and placing a ladder to facilitate access.
Get into the pool with him
Never let your dog swim without company even if he is the best swimmer in the world. Over time, these animals tend to become depleted and sink faster and faster. So it is your responsibility to keep an eye on him, get him out on time when necessary.
Take care of their health
That includes taking into account that their vaccination history is up to date. And take into consideration if your dog has big ears. In this case you should dry them very well after the bath to avoid fungus and infections.
On the other hand, you should consider that your dog does not eat before or during the swim to avoid digestion cuts. And of course, you should never force him to swim if he is afraid. That way you won’t turn a fun experience into a traumatic one.
Give him a bath once finished
This is essential to remove all the chemicals from your dog’s coat. You will also prevent it from licking itself and ingesting chemicals that are in the water. And of course, you will remove the residual water from the pool that is in their ears and exposed skin. Thus preventing them from having chlorine burns or infections.
Now, if you take into account all of the above, it is very likely that you and your dog will have a pleasant time. It never hurts to take preventive measures if you want to have fun with your friend without worries.