Pool Safety For Pets
If you’re an animal lover— like we are — chances are high that you are willing to do everything you can to help keep your fur babies and wild critters safe from your pool. In this blog, we provide some common sense and lesser-known pool safety tips for pets.
Familiarize Your Pet with Your Pool
Some dogs love to swim, and others…not so much. Either way, it’s a good idea to familiarize your pet with the pool. If your dog enjoys swimming, get in the water together and show them around the shallow and deep ends, and where all the steps and ladders are. Teaching them how to safely exit the pool can eliminate panic in case they accidentally fall in.
The most important thing that you can do to practice pool safety for pets is to be present. Keep a watchful eye and bring pets with you if you must walk away, even if it’s just for a second.
Pay Special Attention To Special Needs Pets
If you have a dog that’s elderly, less athletic, or impaired in any way, it’s probably best to keep them away from the pool or outfitted in a protective flotation device.
Set Up Barriers
In Ontario, all pool owners are required by law to install a fence surrounding their pool. So, this safety tip goes without saying!
It’s vital to ensure that your fence is not in disrepair and that your pets can’t squeeze through it. Also, remind all your visitors to close the gate behind them and to be mindful of your pets.
You can also install a pool safety fence directly around your pool for added security and peace of mind.
In the wintertime, we highly recommend that you invest in a safety cover. Safety covers are custom designed for your pool to keep it clean and keep critters out all season.
Get A Rescue Ramp
Installing one or two rescue ramps on your pool will help protect critters and wildlife like frogs, rabbits, and even cats from drowning. This device will provide them with a safe spot to jump out in case they accidentally fall in.