Your dog is more than just a pet, it’s a family member. For pool owners, it’s nice to have your canine companion with you at the pool, and for dogs that love water, it may be hard to keep your dog out of the pool! But, is it safe for your dog to swim in the pool?
To answer this question, we sought the advice of experts. The American Kennel Club (AKC) finds that while chlorine is safe for humans, dogs are slightly more susceptible to being irritated by it. Drinking pool water can also be harmful to dogs. The AKC offers these tips to ensure your dog stays safe and healthy at the pool:
- Hose your dog off after using the pool. This helps wash away any chemicals.
- Dab your dogs ears with a towel or use a hair dryer, this will prevent ear infections.
- Train your dog to not drink the pool water.
- Dogs can become over heated. Have a bowl of cool water nearby for your dog to drink, and a shady place where your dog can cool off.
- Watch your dog for signs of fatigue and over heating.
- Make sure your dog is a confident swimmer and can safely exit the pool. Dogs are natural swimmers, but may panic their first few times in the pool or not know how to get out of the pool.
- Never leave your dog unsupervised in the pool or pool area.
So what do veterinarians think about dogs in the pool? Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences agrees that pools are safe for dogs so long as precautions are taken. In addition to the AKC tips, Texas A&M recommends that dogs who are old, disabled or suffer from dementia should be watched carefully as they may have trouble swimming or exiting the pool. It’s also important that your dog not have free, unsupervised access to the pool area. Limiting their access to the pool is an easy and effective way to prevent accidental fall-ins.
“A good gate will be the best way to limit pet access to the pool,” said Dr. James Barr, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Keeping the door closed at all times is important for children and dogs alike, as is only allowing them to be in the pool area supervised.”
So is it ok for dogs to swim in the pool? The answer is yes, as long as safety precautions and measures are in place.
Now that you can rest assured the pool can be a fun place for your four-legged family member, it provides yet another reason to own a swimming pool–your dog can enjoy it too! Leisure Pools offers designs with steps on both sides of the pool, and safety ledges around the perimeter of the pool, making them an ideal design for dog owners–or for families with children. Contact Leisure Pools today (www.leisurepoolsusa.com) and Get Swimming in Quality and Style.