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Five ways to make your pool safer for your swimming dog

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As a pool owner, it’s important to take precautions to ensure the safety of those swimming in your pool. The wellbeing of your dog is no exception. From understanding your dog’s swimming ability to having safety equipment handy, there are many ways you can keep your furry friend safe.

Know if your dog is a swimming breed

Not all dogs are natural swimmers. While swimming is instinctive to some dog breeds, others don’t have the physical capabilities to be good swimmers and some can’t tread water at all. For instance, golden retrievers are great swimmers because of their long snouts, legs and naturally water-repellent coats. In contrast, a French bulldog’s flat snout, short legs and top-heavy structure aren’t conducive to keeping its head above water.

Give extra attention to older dogs

Even if your dog is a swimming breed, all dogs will need more attention as they get older. Senior dogs are more prone to developing health issues like arthritis, vision loss, seizures and other health problems that could affect their swimming abilities. The best way to know if your dog is still healthy enough to swim is to consult with your veterinarian.  

Invest in a dog life preserver

Just because your dog is older or a non-swimming breed doesn’t mean they can’t still enjoy taking a dip in the pool. For dogs who don’t have the health or physical characteristics to swim, a dog life preserver is a great solution. With a life preserver your dog can remain afloat and visible. Keep in mind that a preserver isn’t an all-purpose solution, and you should never leave your dog unattended in the pool.

Know what to do in an emergency

Should your dog ever be in danger of accidentally drowning, you’ll be glad you learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for dogs. Based on your dog’s size it might require different CPR techniques.

Reduce chlorine in your pool

Dogs’ noses, ears and eyes are vastly more sensitive than humans’ sensory organs, especially when it comes to chlorine irritation. The noxious chlorine smell and burning red eyes are even more prominent for a dog’s senses. In addition, if your dog drinks toilet water it’s likely it will drink pool water. High levels of chlorine can be dangerous for dogs to ingest. With Clear Comfort’s pool treatment system you can reduce chlorine use by 80 percent to chlorine free, relieving your dog from the negative effects of chlorine.  

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