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Pool Safety for Fido

Summer is almost here! As the weather gets warmer, many of us are heading to the pool to enjoy some fun in the sun. Man’s Best Friend also enjoys swimming. Pools can be very dangerous for our canine buddies, however, so be sure to keep Fido safe. A Sugar Land, TX veterinarian offers some great pool safety tips for dogs in this article.

Exit

First and foremost, make sure that your pup knows where the pool exit is. That way, if Fido ever falls in, he’ll be able to get out again. Put something near the exit that will serve as a landmark, such as a potted tree. Don’t just show your dog the stairs once: test him a bit, and make sure he really remembers.

Paw Care

You’ve probably noticed that your skin gets wrinkly and delicate after it’s been immersed in water. The same thing happens to Fido’s paw pads. This can make it very easy for your pet to get painful cuts or abrasions on his feet after he’s been swimming. Keep your dog on soft surfaces when he gets out of the pool.

Swimming

Not all of our canine friends are naturally good swimmers. If Fido doesn’t know how to swim, take time to teach him. Get into the water with him, and support his back legs until he gets the hang of it.

Safety Tips

Pool covers can be very dangerous: it’s easy for Fido to mistake one for a solid surface, and fall in. We recommend using a gate to block the pool when it’s not in use. This is especially important for pooches with poor vision, such as senior dogs.

Overheating

It’s very easy for our canine friends to get overheated when running and playing around water. Keep an eye on Fido: if he is panting heavily, put him in the shade with some water, and let him rest.

Water

Don’t let Fido drink the pool water! The chemicals that make the pool safe for swimming are not safe to drink.

Rinsing

Rinse Fido off when he gets out of the pool, to get the chlorine out of his fur. Wind down the day by giving your pooch a yummy treat.

Does your dog need vaccines or an exam? We’re here to help! Please contact us, your Sugar Land, TX animal hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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