Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer Swimming Pool and Chlorine Safety for Dogs

Now that summer is in full swing, there are plenty of days when the temperature outside can get very hot. Since it's normal to not want to be stuck inside all the time, going for a swim can be a great way to enjoy going outside and still staying somewhat cool. Humans aren't the only ones who enjoy going for a dip. Plenty of dogs do as well. Although some dogs are stronger swimmers than others, which is why every dog should always be monitored, plenty of pups love getting completely wet. Because dogs often want to join in on the fun of swimming, we want to touch on an important subject related to pools.

Understanding the Impact of Chlorine on Dogs

If you have a pool in your backyard or access to a pool somewhere else, there's a good chance it's treated with chlorine. This chemical is necessary to keep all kinds of unwanted things from growing in the pool. Testing kits are used to ensure that there's enough chlorine in a pool to be effective but not so much that it will negatively affect people swimming in it.

Where dogs come into this topic is their increased sensitivity. Specifically, dogs' eyes, nose and ears are more sensitive than a human's. This sensitivity can apply to chlorine. Most experts agree that as long as chlorine is at a normal level, the main behavior to discourage is a dog that wants to drink from the pool. Ear infections in dogs with floppy ears generally stem from extended dampness instead of something like chlorine.

For pool owners who are still worried about their dog's potential sensitivity to chlorine, it's worth looking into other options like bromine. And when your dog gets out of the pool, rinsing it off with a hose is a great way to ensure that no chlorine is left on the coat. You can also use a blow dryer or towel to take care of moisture in a dog's ears.

Other Important Pool Safety Tips for Dogs

Pet Wants is all about helping dogs live happy and healthy lives. That's why we want to share a few more important summer safety tips. The first is how to help a dog learn to swim. It's normal for dogs to be fearful when they approach a pool for the first time, so always guide a dog with praise and a fun toy instead of trying to force any swimming. Dogs can also suddenly tire out while swimming due to giving it their all, so be sure to stay within reach of your pet. And if you're planning on heading out to a larger body of water, it's worth considering a flotation device for your dog.

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