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Pool Safety For Dogs

May 1, 2023

Do you have a pool? Florida is a perfect spot for people who enjoy swimming. It’s great to be able to cool off after a long day with a dip in the pool! However, pools can be dangerous for our canine friends. You’ll want to take a few precautions to keep your four-legged pal safe poolside.

A Lakewood Ranch, FL vet discusses doggy pool safety below. 


First and foremost, keep a close eye on your canine companion. Never leave him by the pool unattended. Even if your pooch is a great swimmer, he could still be in danger if he falls in unexpectedly, gets caught in something, or even just starts to panic. Use the same general safety rules that you would with a toddler. 


If you have a pool, then it’s absolutely crucial for you to teach your furry bff where the exit is. If Fido slips and falls in when no one is looking, this could save his life! Don’t just teach him once: take time with this, and test him, to make sure it’s sunk in. 

Swim Lessons

Some dogs are natural swimmers. Others? Not so much. If your furry pal doesn’t know how to swim, you may need to teach him. Don’t rush this, and definitely don’t just throw your canine buddy into the water. That’s not only very dangerous, it could also terrify him and leave him with a lifelong fear of water. Support him as he’s learning, and encourage him with praise and compliments. That said, some pups just aren’t cut out for swimming. Ask your vet for advice if you aren’t sure.

Safety Gear

There are quite a few things you can do to make your pool area safer for your furry friend. If possible, use a gate or fence to block the area off when it’s not in use. You can get portable gates if installing a permanent one won’t work with your setup. Pet steps are another great option for above-ground pools. We also recommend getting Fido a doggy life jacket. 

Extra Precautions

While it’s important to take precautions with all and any pets, some pooches do need extra attention. Be super diligent with dogs that can’t swim, and also with small breeds, brachys, puppies, and seniors.

As your Lakewood Ranch, FL animal hospital, we’re dedicated to providing great veterinary care. Contact us anytime!