Dog Pool Safety Tips

Summer is here, which means fun in the sun for you and your furry friend! However, with all the poolside lounging and backyard BBQs, it’s important to remember that pools can pose a safety hazard for our dogs. At Canine Couture Grooming, we want to ensure your pup has a safe and splashtastic summer. Therefore, we’ve put together some top dog pool safety tips to keep your dog cool and secure around the pool.

Dog Pool Safety Tips

Fence It In: Your first line of defense is a secure fence around your pool. Therefore, make sure it’s tall enough and strong enough to keep your dog from jumping or climbing over it. Even the most water-loving pup can take a surprise tumble, so a fence is crucial.

Pool Time Supervision is Key: Ensure your dog is supervised around the pool, not even for a minute. Dogs can get tired quickly while swimming, and they may not be able to get themselves out of the water. Stay close by and keep an eye on them at all times.

Life Jacket Love:  Not all dogs are natural swimmers. A properly fitted life jacket is a must-have for pups new to the water, nervous, or with short legs or flat faces (like Pugs or Bulldogs). It will give them the confidence and buoyancy to enjoy the pool safely.

Fresh Water and Shade:  Swimming is exercise, and exercise can be dehydrating. Ensure your dog can access fresh, cool water throughout the day. Provide shaded areas for them to cool off and rest between dips in the pool.

Pawsitively Safe Pool Chemicals:   Pool chemicals can irritate your dog’s skin and eyes. After a swim, rinse your dog with clean water to remove any chlorine residue. Keep pool chemicals out of reach to avoid accidental ingestion.

Keep Your Pooch Cool: Limit your dog’s pool time on scorching days. Schedule swims for the cooler parts of the day, like early morning or evening. You can also mist your dog with cool water to help them stay comfortable.

Post-Swim Care

Post-Swim Clean-Up:  After a swim, take a towel to your dog and gently remove any excess water from their fur, especially around their ears. Moisture trapped in the ears can lead to infection. Washing your dog with a gentle shampoo after a saltwater swim can help remove any irritants.

Paw Pad Protection:  Pool decks can get hot under the summer sun. Consider using paw protection products designed for hot weather to prevent your dog’s paws from getting burned.

Know the Signs:  If you notice your dog is excessively panting, lethargic, vomiting, or showing signs of disorientation after swimming, take them to the vet immediately. These could be signs of heat stroke or water intoxication.

We’re Happy to Help!

These simple tips help ensure your dog has a safe and happy summer splashing around in the pool! For more water safety tips or to schedule a post-pool pampering session for your pup, contact Canine Couture Grooming today!  We offer groomingwashing, and touch-up services to meet your dog’s needs. Call us at (678) 947-6556 or message us online. We guarantee your dog will be groomed, clean, and happy when they leave our loving care.