Pets, Pools and Children

by Pool Builders on 08-07-2011 in Articles

Swimming pools, children, and even your pet dog or cat are a fun combination particularly if you know how to take care of them all at the same time. You might not have a kid at home but you do have a pet dog who simply loves to play in the water or you have a pet cat who loves to have his paws wet every now and then. It could also be that you have a kid but no pet dog or cat. If this is the case then it would definitely be to your advantage if you knew just what to do to avoid any untoward incidents.

The rule of thumb when it comes to having a swimming pool in your backyard is to make it safe for everyone concerned. Place a fence around the pool, preferably one with a child-safety lock so you don't need to worry in case you accidentally forgot to lock the fence when you are not around to supervise the kids. You can also install pool alarms that would send a signal indicating that someone or something is in the pool. Nets or covers from swimming pools are also commercially available, however, be sure that the net or cover is properly installed after you have finished using the pool for the day. If you do own a pet installing a ramp or stairs that they can easily use to climb out of the pool is definitely worth considering.

After a swim in the pool, make sure both the kids and your pet are properly washed and rinsed. Swimming pool chemicals are present in the pool water and should be removed from the body (humans and pets alike) as thoroughly as you can. There is no need to worry that your pet will be harmed as long as they are supervised during their swimming sessions. Check the label of parasite control products that you may be using on your pets to see if it is waterproof or not. If you, your child or your pet loves to go for a swim but is exhibiting skin problems, it would be best to consult a doctor so you'll know if it is safe for them to go for a swim. You wouldn't want those pool chemicals to aggravate the condition, would you?

Make sure that all cleaning and treatment agents you use for the swimming pool are kept in a well-ventilated but secure area, preferably one that is out of reach of children or cannot be easily opened by your pets. Chemicals for swimming pools can be toxic and very dangerous if not properly handled. Rinse or wipe-off any spills that may occur whenever you are cleaning and disinfecting the swimming pool.

As long as you keep these facts in mind, then you really can have hours of pure enjoyment with your family, friends, and pets.

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