Do You Have a Pet-Safe Pool?

A black dog in a pool.

Every year in the U.S. an estimated 5,000 pets die by drowning. This is a shocking statistic! The fact is, accidents happen—and they occur when we least expect them. Maintaining a pet-safe pool and making sure your pet has water skills are of the utmost importance all year round, but especially during the warm weather.

Preventable Accidents

Water safety is a huge deal for pets and people alike. As with kids, pets should never be left unattended around any bodies of water. The trouble is that many pet owners make the mistake of assuming that their pets would never dare jump in or try to swim around. Unfortunately, most accidental drownings are the result of falling into the water and not being able to get out.

Skill Level

A great place to start is an understanding of your pet’s swimming proficiency. If they never swim or spend any time on or near water, they are less likely to get themselves out of a dangerous situation. Panic immediately sets in and uses up any energy reserves, leading to total exhaustion and potential death.

Don’t Let It Happen to You

Keeping a pet-safe pool is just common sense. Sure, some pets come naturally equipped to handle themselves in water. Others, like pugs or bulldogs, have a body type that makes swimming difficult and dangerous. 

Pet-Safe Pool

Installing a pool alarm is a priority. Most products have a weight trigger and go off if something over a certain weight falls into the water. Additionally, invest in a collar, like the Safety Turtle, that triggers a loud alarm if it’s ever submerged in water. The alarm remains on until you reset it, reducing the risk of drowning.

Another way to ensure you have a pet-safe pool is via the installation of a fence. Having a barrier between your pet and open water cannot be undervalued, and a fence is a great way to do it. 

Likewise, a pool safety cover (made of either mesh or solid material) can offer peace of mind, but may not have the same level of security as a fence. 

Wait! There’s More

An open pool may be irresistible to pets with some water experience. Whether they jump in with abandon or simply fall in when trying to get a drink, having the right equipment can make all the difference.

Speciality ramps, steps, and pool ladders offer loads of flexibility to families with a water-loving pet. As long as they know exactly where the pool exits are, most skilled pets can swim to them. Giving them an easy, recognizable way out is crucial to their safety. 

Lastly, pet life jackets can be used when training your pet how to swim and where to look for pool exits. These aren’t a substitution for constant owner supervision. 

At the Ready

No owner ever wants to have to use pet CPR, but it’s always better to have the skills and not need them. 

If you have further questions about whether or not you have a pet-safe pool, Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates are always here for you.