Pools and Pets
Buying a home with a pool or building one in the
yard of your existing home brings to mind a number of questions. One
of the primary issues you will likely consider is safety. It's
natural to plan how you will deal with a pool if there are children
in your life, but consideration should also be given to any pets in
It is estimated that 5,000 family
pets drown in background swimming pools each year. There are steps
pet owners can take to protect their own animals.
- Install a fence around the pool so that your
pet is unable to gain access to the water.
Install a tight-fitting pool cover. Although it's not foolproof, a
well-fitted cover can buy you time to get to your pet.
- Install a pool alarm. The alarm will alert you if the
water is disturbed.
- Install an invisible fence
around the pool area. This system works by focusing a beam of light
around the pool, sounding an alarm if your pet breaks through the
- Install a white pet ramp. At eye-level,
a ramp is the easiest way for a pet to make his way out of the
water. White is the only hue that all animals are able to
- Train your pet to stay away from the
water. Just as you would teach your dog to stay out of the road,
make it clear to him that the pool is not a play spot.
- Buy a life jacket. While it's not the ideal method of
protecting your pet, if there are periods of time during which he
is near the pool -- even if the entire family is with him
-- make sure that he has a moderate level of protection. A life
jacket may buy your pet time.
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