Pool Safety for Dogs

Summer is here! As those sweltering dog days approach, many people will be heading to pools to cool off. Fido also enjoys swimming. Just be sure to put your canine pal’s health and safety first. Pools can be very dangerous for dogs! Here, a Pleasanton, CA vet discusses pool safety for dogs.

Swimming Lessons

Some dogs are natural swimmers. Others need to learn how to swim. If your pet falls into the latter category, take time to teach him. Never throw your pup into the water. This may leave Fido terrified of swimming! Be gentle and patient, and support your dog’s weight while he’s learning. You may also want to give your furry buddy a doggy lifejacket.


When you take your canine friend to a pool, the first thing you’ll want to do is show him where the stairs are. This is very important! If Fido falls in when no one is looking, he needs to know how to get back out. Don’t just show your pooch once: take some time, and make sure it really sinks in. You may also want to put a visible landmark, like a lifejacket, near the steps to mark the exit.


This may be easier said than done, but try not to let your furry friend drink pool water. Fido should always have clean, fresh water available.

Paw Care

Just like human skin, doggy paw pads are quite delicate, especially when wet. Fido can get painful blisters and abrasions by running around on hot or harsh surfaces after going swimming. Keep him on soft ground as much as possible, and use paw balm or wax on his furry feet.


In general, you’ll want to use the same precautions for Fido as you would with a toddler. First and foremost: never leave your pet unattended at the pool. We also recommend fencing the pool off when it isn’t in use. This is especially important if you have pool covers. Dogs don’t always realize that pool covers are not solid surfaces, and can step onto them. This can be very dangerous!


After swimming is over, rinse Fido off to get the chlorine out of his fur. For extra tail wags, wind the day down with some doggy ice cream!

Please contact us, your Pleasanton, CA pet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.

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