At Universal Pool Service, we’re crazy about pools and our pets. Nothing is better than kicking back on a nice summer day to enjoy your pool with your four-legged little buddy. However, it’s important that you take the proper precautions to ensure your poolside chill time doesn’t result in tragedy. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of pool safety tips for pet owners. Follow these tips to ensure everyone enjoys their day. Need pool service in Goodyear? Call Universal Pool Service today to schedule your appointment.
Learn Animal CPR
One of the first things you should do when you get a pool installed is to ensure your family knows how to perform CPR in case of an emergency. With that said, animal CPR is a little bit different than what you would do for a human. For full details about animal CPR, the Red Cross offers this helpful resource for you to read for instructions. We also recommend checking YouTube for video examples so you have a visual representation for what to do. The basic steps are as follows:
- Lay animal on their right side.
- Straighten their head and neck to open up their airway.
- Check their throat with your fingers to ensure there aren’t any blockages.
- Pull their tongue through their teeth to keep it clear of their airway.
- Place your hand around their muzzle to ensure it stays closed.
- In the middle of their chest, begin quick compressions.
- Put your mouth over your pet’s muzzle, breathing in every 15 compressions.
Check your community to see if there are animal CPR classes offered if you need further guidance.
A Way Out
While most animals can swim instinctively, it can be difficult for them to find a way to get out of the pool. Give them an easy exit with a device that gives them somewhere to go when they’re done swimming. Dogs have success with special doggy steps or water ramps, but cats respond better to ramps. These options are relatively inexpensive and help keep your pet safe in case they fall or jump in the pool.
Although you might have an invisible fence surrounding your pool, they aren’t always reliable. Even beyond reliability, some people dispute how humane they are to use on pets. Instead, invest in some special pool fencing around your pool to keep your pets at a safe distance. Not only will this keep accidents from happening while you’re around, but it also ensures your pets can still enjoy the backyard when you’re not at home.
While swimming can come easily to some animals, others might struggle to get the hang of it. Just like with humans, swimming lessons can help your pet enjoy their time in the pool while being safe. With that said, some breeds of dogs and cats shouldn’t go in the water (i.e. Bassett Hounds), so it’s a good idea to do some research into which breed you have to know if they can and should swim. Check around your community to find an organization that offers animal swimming lessons.
One of the most important pieces of safety gear that is far too often ignored is the life jacket. Specially designed animal life jackets ensure your furry friend doesn’t get into trouble in the event they fall in the water and are unable to swim. Make sure you find a life jacket that fits your pet well to keep them safe and sound.
It is absolutely vital that you familiarize yourself with the signs of heat stroke in animals to avoid a potentially fatal emergency. While it happens to dogs most often, all animals can suffer from heat stroke. Check this resource for more information about what to watch for and how to prevent and treat it if heat stroke occurs.
Make a Plan
No matter what the situation is, it’s always a good idea to have a plan of action in case of an emergency. Have a pet first aid kit easily accessible, keep a thermal blanket nearby in case your pet goes into shock, and have the number and address of the nearest vet close at hand. Having this plan will help you get through any emergency that may arise.
We love our pets and we love playing with them in the pool. Following these steps will keep them safe and having fun for years to come. For all your pool service needs in Goodyear, call Universal Pool Service today!