Keeping Pets Safe Around the Pool
Louisiana’s dog days of summer are meant for splashing in the pool, but families with pets must take special precautions to keep their animals safe near the water.
It’s nice to have a pool that the family can use to cool down during New Orleans’ humid summers, but safety comes first. That includes keeping a close eye on children, as well as pets. These tips will help keep cats, dogs, and other furry friends safe as they splash the summer away.
Practice Chlorine Safety
Chlorine prevents algae and bacteria buildup, keeping pools safe for swimming. The amount of chlorine in pool water is unlikely to make pets sick. However, chlorine tablets can be dangerous before they’re placed into pools. Their scent usually keeps animals away, but chlorine tablets should be left in their original packaging and stored somewhere that pets can’t reach.
Let Them Ease in
Not all dogs are natural swimmers, so never throw them into the pool. Instead, let your dog ease into the water. When you design your swimming pool, consider installing steps or a tanning ledge at the shallow end to help pets get in and out. You may need to show your dog where the steps are and help him walk down them the first few times.
Fence It in
Pool fences protect pets and children, and they prevent uninvited guests from helping themselves to a swim. Fences, along with other pool enclosures, should be kept closed at all times. Pets are surprisingly good at opening them when they aren’t fully secured.
When you’re choosing a pool company in the New Orleans area, it’s important to find one that can accommodate the needs of your family and your pets. Pleasure Pools creates beautiful swimming pools, including lagoon style and customized spa pools. We can design and build one that even your pets will enjoy. Call Pleasure Pools today at (504) 888-6660 for a consultation or contact us online.