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Pool Safety for Dogs

Does your pup like swimming? While not all dogs love the water, many of our canine friends really enjoy going for a refreshing dip on hot days. Just be sure to always put Fido’s safety first. Here, a North Phoenix, AZ vet discusses pool safety for dogs.

Fido’s Swimming Lessons

If your furry pal can’t swim, take time to teach him. Get into the water with Fido, and support his weight as he is figuring out the dog paddle. Offer praise and ear scritches as rewards. You can also give your pooch a yummy treat after his session is over. Never throw your dog into the water, or punish him for not learning quickly enough: this can backfire, and make your pet scared of the water.

This Way Out

Making sure Fido knows where the pool stairs are is very important! That way, if he ever falls in, he’ll be able to get himself out again. Don’t just show your furry buddy once; take time training him, and make sure the knowledge really sinks in. (Tip: you may want to mark the stairs with a visible landmark, like a potted plant or life preserver.)

Fido’s Fur

Did you know that dogs can get sunburned? Pups with thin and/or pale fur are particularly susceptible. Ask your vet for advice on putting sunscreen on your canine pal. Also, when Fido is done swimming, rinse him off to get the chlorine and other chemicals out of his coat. Later, when he’s dry, give him a good brushing.

Doggy Paw Care

Just like human skin, Fido’s paw pads become very delicate when they are wet. Your pooch could easily get painful blisters by running around on tar or asphalt after going swimming. Keep your pet on soft ground as much as you can. We also recommend using paw balm to protect those furry feet.

Precautions

To keep your dog safe, you’ll want to use many of the same precautions as you would with a toddler. First and foremost, never leave your canine buddy by the water unattended. We also recommend using a fence to block off the pool. This is especially important if you use a pool cover, as dogs can easily mistake covers for solid surfaces and walk onto them.

Do you need to make an appointment for your pet? Contact us, your North Phoenix, AZ animal clinic, today!

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