Ah, chlorine pools, to put your dogs in or to keep them away from the fun?
Our furry pals are family to us and the last thing we want to do is harm them. I know it can be so difficult when you want to play with your pup but you just aren’t sure whether it is going to give them some kind of ear infection or perhaps they will drink too much chlorine and end up with an upset stomach.
Some dogs have absolutely no interest in joining you in the pool, but other dogs are more than excited to take the plunge and hang out with the family. If you have a dog that is more toward the latter example here are some recommendations for you.
Chlorine Pools and Pup Safety
You’ve decided to let your four-footed friend into the chlorine pools, so how can you best keep him or her safe?
Keep a close eye to see how your dogs relate to the pool. Is this a giant bowl of delicious water to them? Or are they in it for the fun and playtime with their humans? If they don’t look like they are too interested in drinking the pool water then the amount of water they ingest through normal play in chlorine pools should not be harmful.
Another thing to think about is that the chlorine isn’t really to blame for ear infections when dogs have a problem with the chlorine pools. The blame should go to the fact that the ears remained wet. After pool time, take a nonchlorine water and give the dog a good washing but make sure that you then dry the ears.
Even if your pup does a good shake on its own, it isn’t like they are going to get all of the water out of their ears on their own so you should take the extra two minutes to save yourself hours of misery later on.
Some people are still not comfortable with chlorine pools so one alternative you can use is bromine. Bromine is considered less harmful than chlorine pools, but it is really up to your comfort level and what you feel is best for your pets.
Pool Time Fun With Your Pets
When you have your pets out in the pool, make sure you stay there with them. While dogs are natural swimmers, you never know when they might get tired and need you to come help them. You can easily put up barriers so that your pets only get in the pool whenever you are around.
Speaking with a pool professional to get some recommendations about how to best use your pool with your pup is going to be your best option. The experience and number of customers they have dealt with will give them expertise in the area that can help you get the results that you want with your backyard!