Updated 07/04/2012 05:00 AM
Pet Pointers: Pool safety for your pets
If you have a pool and have pets, it’s important to keep them safe just as you would a child. Lisa Chelenza has some pool safety tips for your pets in this edition of Pet Pointers.
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First, not all dogs are naturally good swimmers. Some dogs are just not built to swim or tread water for very long and can drown in a matter of minutes. If you have a pool, it’s important to be sure to close the gates! Even enthusiastic water loving dogs can become tired and have trouble getting out of the pool and drown.
If your dog is unfamiliar with water, take some time and go in with them. This will help build their confidence and while you are in there show them how to get out of the water using steps or the ladder.
If you have a curious dog who tends to get into trouble, you may want to have a pool alarm. A pool alarm will sound if your kids or your dog falls into the water. These water proof battery powers alarms have saved countless lives of kids and pets that get too close and fall in while help isn’t looking.
For extra protection in a pool and necessary protection while out boating, pick up a pet life jacket, starting at around $20. These brightly colored and reflective life vests will help your pet stay afloat and make them more visible if they are in a lake or pool. For dogs who like to swim in open water, a life jacket can be a life saver if fatigue or water intoxication set in.
If your pool does not have steps, consider using a ramp to help make it easier for your pets to climb out.