Rule number one for pet pool safety is to never leave your pet unattended around a pool. This has the potential to be a very dangerous situation. If you are aware that your dog is not a great swimmer, then invest in a life jacket to improve buoyancy. This will keep your dog more visible if it is small and can provide an extra bit of safety. You should never just assume that all dogs can swim. Some dogs need to be trained to swim while some are naturals and for others it’s nearly impossible.
Recognize which category your dog falls under early on and be sure to take the proper precautions to guarantee its health and safety and to avoid the potential of drowning. Also, if your dog is older or has an injury like arthritis, it would be beneficial to make sure it has a vest. Dogs must be introduced to water properly before they can begin to have fun. Pets are easily irritated by chlorine. Like humans their eyes and skin can get potentially aggravated if proper steps are not taken. Make sure you wash your dog off with fresh water to avoid skin irritation and damage to your home when the dog re-enters the house. Even though it may be tempting, refrain from allowing your dog to drink the pool water.
Chlorine and chemicals
“Not all dogs are great swimmers and not all pools are considered dog friendly.”