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The Ruff Report: Swimming pool safety tips for pet owners

Just over half of pet owners have backyard pools, which makes their dogs and cats vulnerable to drowning, experts say.

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According to Gamma 2, a maker of products designed to keep pets safe, the odds of a pet drowning in the United States are 1 in 1,028.

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Some pet owners train their dog to swim to the pool steps to get out of the water, Gamma 2 states. This can work well in daylight, but at night or if stressed, a dog is likely to panic and forget its landmark. Animals cannot see the steps because they are under the water.

Pia Vogel, an official with HomeSource, a homeowner advocacy in Sydney, Australia, says the main danger for a pet is that it will be unable to get out of a pool, become exhausted trying to stay afloat and drown. "To avoid tragedy, you just need to think ahead and take every precaution necessary," Ms. Vogel states in a media release.

Here are some tips offered by HomeSource to avoid a swimming pool tragedy:
  • Install a pool alarm system designed for pets. These systems usually have a base station and a sensor that attaches to a pet’s collar. If the pet falls or ventures into the water, the sensor sends a radio signal to the base station. This sounds ane alarm to alert the owner.
  • Install a water escape ramp that will give a pet an easy way to get out of the pool. 
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  •  Install a pool fence to keep pets away from the pool.

The Ruff Report is a column that appears on, a blog written by Joseph A. Reppucci, a retired editor from The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts. Mr. Reppucci worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years. He is the author of the book, The Hunt of Her Life, a heartwarming story about his once-in-a-lifetime rescue dog. Find it on


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