Pools are a great place to relax your mind and soul and have an absolute leisure time in this hot weather. While few dogs are as excited as their family members to take dip in the cool water of the pool while others, prefer to stay at a safe distance. However, no matter how much the pool will entice your little pooch, it might pose major threats for him as well.
What are the plausible hazards for the dogs to get in the swimming pool, take a dip, and relax?
Dangers for Dogs in Swimming Pools
Chlorine is a chemical that is always found in the swimming pools. Although it might not affect humans at a severe level, but, dog’s skin and body parts are much more sensitive to it. Dog’s ears, eyes and nose get highly effected and may cause irritation, red eyes and ear infections. Generally, ear infections are a result of more water and dampness due to floppy ears.
Threat to human’s health
No matter how much you think your dog is clean, there are always certain germs residing on his body, especially fur coat and the skin. The insects that annoys and lives on these dogs, leaves fecal matter on their skin. This fecal matter infects the pool water and may cause harm to human health.
Shedding of Dog Hair in the Pool
Almost all the dogs shed their hairs especially long haired dogs. If the dog’s hair gets shed inside the pool, it might clog the pool’s drain and make the water dirty. It is a better option to trim your pooch’s hair from time to time to keep the pool water clean and avoid clogging.
Unknowingly Drinking Pool Water
When a human being or a dog, ingests pool water that is contaminated and contains chlorine, it might be lethal for the health. Accidental drinking of the water happens with all when they take a dip in the pool. However, dog’s system and body is much more sensitive than yours so it isn’t safe for him at all. Some dogs may even think pool as a big bowl of water and start gulping in from the pool. This activity of the dog must be stopped at once.
Lack of supervision
Leaving your dog in a swimming pool unattended is not an accepted behavior. Even if your dog is a trained swimmer and is well versed with the water fun, then also you should never leave him alone. Supervision is essential to ensure safety of your dogs around and inside the swimming pool.
Always follow, “Safety First”. There’s no harm or ceasing you and your dog to have some fun time in the swimming pool, but at what cost will you want to do that? So, be secure and follow poolside basic regulations for your dog. Teach your dog commands that won’t let him gulp in the pool water and get ill. Supervise him while he relaxes himself in the coolness of the water. Ensure that you wash your dog with clean water after coming back so he won’t be irritated by the chlorinated water and cause damage to the house.