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Poolside Pets: Keeping Your Furry Friends Safe and Cool Around the Pool

Poolside Pets: Keeping Your Furry Friends Safe and Cool Around the Pool

At Dickson Brothers, we know your pets are cherished members of the family, and what better way to spend a hot summer day than relaxing by the pool with your furry friend? However, pools can pose safety hazards for pets who may not understand the risks. Here's how to ensure your poolside companions stay safe and cool while enjoying the summer fun:

Safety First:

  • Supervision is Key: Never leave your pet unattended near the pool. Even strong swimmers can become disoriented or tired and struggle to get out.
  • Teach Your Pet Pool Exits: Train your pet to use a designated pool exit, like stairs or a ramp, to safely leave the water. Life jackets are also recommended for pets who are new to swimming or not confident swimmers.
  • Secure Your Pool Area: Install a fence around your pool to prevent unsupervised access. Gate latches should be secure and out of reach for curious paws.
  • Maintain Clean Pool Water: Proper pool chemical levels are crucial for both human and pet health. Accidental ingestion of pool water can irritate your pet's skin and eyes. Consider rinsing your pet with fresh water after swimming.

Keeping Cool:

  • Provide Plenty of Shade: Ensure your pet has access to shaded areas throughout the day to escape the hot sun. An umbrella or a pop-up tent can offer much-needed relief.
  • Stay Hydrated: Fresh, cool water should be readily available for your pet throughout the day. Invest in a portable water bowl you can bring poolside.
  • Schedule Pool Time Strategically: Avoid peak sun hours for poolside fun with your pet. Early mornings or evenings are cooler and safer for your furry friend.
  • Cooling Mats and Treats: Cooling mats or pet beds filled with water can provide a refreshing spot for your pet to relax. Frozen treats made with pet-safe ingredients can also be a fun way to cool them down.

Additional Tips:

  • Paw Pads and Pool Surfaces: Rough pool surfaces can be uncomfortable or injure your pet's paws. Consider the pool deck material and provide towels for drying off to prevent slipping.
  • Post-Swim Cleaning: Rinse your pet with clean water after swimming to remove any chlorine residue that can irritate their skin.
  • Know Your Pet's Limits: Not all pets enjoy swimming. Don't force your furry friend into the pool if they seem scared or uncomfortable.

Dickson Brothers: Your Partner in Summer Fun

At Dickson Brothers, we want you and your furry companions to have a safe and enjoyable summer. We offer a variety of pool safety products like fences, alarms, and pool covers to keep your pet secure. Our friendly staff is also happy to answer any questions you may have about pool care and pet safety. So, with a little planning and the right precautions, you can create lasting summer memories with your furry friend by your side!

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