Many of you may think this is a silly question, but in actuality we field this question on a regular basis. Many Texas families with dogs are curious about whether or not it is safe for their beloved pooch to swim in the pool. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as straightforward as many would like. Today we are going to look at some of the pros and cons of allowing your dog in your home swimming pool, and then it’s up for you to decide whether or not Fido is free to frolic.
For starters, the majority of vets and dog experts say ‘yes’ when it comes to allowing your dog in the pool. Many dogs love nothing more than a plunge in any body of water, from the local river or lake to their owner’s home swimming pool. When you live somewhere like Texas and the summers are as hot as they are, diving into the pool with your pup feels like heaven. Most people will tell you that chlorine (in small amounts) is safe for your dog. Heck, many humans spend a great deal of time in chlorine pools and experience zero negative side effects. However, it is important to keep in mind that your dog’s eyes, ears, and nose are more sensitive than a human’s, which means they may be a bit more susceptible to the unpleasant side effects of chlorine. With this in mind, it is important to keep a watchful eye on your pup when he or she is in the pool and monitor their behavior and physical appearance after the pool sesh is over. If you notice any irritation or other side effects, contact your vet.
Factors to Consider
Aside from the chlorine factor, there are a few additional considerations to keep in mind. Dogs – specifically their hair – can be hard on a pool filter, clogging up the skimmer or pump basket very quickly. So if you have a rather hairy dog or one that tends to shed a lot, it is important you are prepared to clean out your filter after they take a dip. If the pump basket gets clogged more than a few times, it may result in a pump repair, which is just something to be aware of and on the lookout for.
Another important factor to consider before you let your pup in your Hurst swimming pool is how good of a swimmer your dog is. Sure, swimming may come naturally to many dogs, but to others it is a foreign concept and quite scary. Before you simply toss Fido in the pool, make sure you get them used to water and help them learn how to swim. Many dogs are scared the first time they enter the water, so take it slowly and praise your dog each and every step of the way. By making the first time a pleasant experience, your dog will become accustomed to water and live for the days he or she gets to go to the pool with you. It is important you work on building their confidence and don’t ever make your dog get in the pool if he or she is terrified of the water.
There are also other sanitation issues to consider when allowing your dog to swim in the pool. Like it or not, your dog will inherently introduce body oils, dirt, insects, and fecal matter in the pool. No matter how clean your pooch is, they undoubtedly will have small particles of fecal matter stuck to their fur. Over time this fecal matter will contaminate the pool water, potentially resulting in the transmission of Recreational Water Illnesses.
The bottom-line is, yes, your dog can swim in the pool, but you will have to be much more diligent about cleaning your pool and staying on top of maintenance needs. If you have any questions about this topic or would like to discuss having a home swimming pool installed, please contact Mid City Custom Pools today.