[Illustrated Guide] Summertime pool safety for your pets
This is a guest post from Amber Kingsley. Amber Kingsley is a freelance journalist and member of a pet enthusiast/animal lover group in her city of Santa Monica who has donated countless hours supporting her local shelter within operations and outreach. She has spent most of her research writing about animals in the areas of food, health and training.
A swimming pool is a great place to beat the summer heat, but it can also be dangerous for our pets. Just as we should monitor children near a pool, we should also keep a close eye on our pets. Reference this summer swimming guide for some basic do’s and don’ts to keep your pets safe while enjoying the pool this summer.
Monitor your pets
Be aware of the signs of heat stroke. Many are shown above, but additional symptoms include:
- Whining or barking for no apparent reason
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- An elevated heart rate
- A lack of coordination, confusion and/or disorientation
If your dog or cat is showing these symptoms on a hot day, you should take him or her to see a veterinarian immediately. Heat stroke can lead to seizures, coma and even death.
Even if your pet isn’t a swimmer, you should still keep a careful eye on him or her around the pool. The surfaces around a pool can be hot enough to cause serious burns on a pet’s sensitive paws.
For example, on a warm summer’s day when the outside temperature reaches 95 F, other surfaces commonly found around pools are much hotter. Sidewalks and concrete can reach 125 F, and red bricks get as hot as 135 F.
Since we’re likely bathing our dogs or cats more often during warmer months, especially if they’re swimming, consider using a medicated shampoo to avoid problems associated with dry skin. Issues like eczema can be seasonal and exasperated by hot, humid or dry weather. Chlorine can also be rough on a pet’s eyes and they may need artificial tears, lubricants or other types of eye medication to soothe them.
We hope you have a fun and safe summer with your pets! Are there any other tips you’d like to add about swimming pool safety and pets? Let us know in the comments!