Pools and Pets: How Dangerous are Pools for Animals?


Swimming pools are a great way to stay cool in the summer, enjoy time with friends and family, and even get some exercise! With swimming pools, safety can be a big concern for many homeowners. If you have pets at home, then you may be concerned with their safety in regards to the pool. At ABC Swimming Pools, we have a few safety tips for your pets.

Pool Pet Safety

Many people wonder if it is safe for dogs to swim in the pool. Most experts agree that it is generally safe for dogs to swim in a chlorinated pool. After all, it is safe for humans! Their eyes and ears can be a little more sensitive than humans, so don't let them swim too long. It's also important not to let them drink the water. If a little gets in their mouth it shouldn't do any harm, but discourage dogs from drinking from the pool.

Ear infections are most common in dogs with floppy ears; this is caused by wetness, rather than the chlorine. To help prevent infections, dry your dog's ears out with a towel when your pet gets out of the pool. Lastly, it's vital that you don’t leave your dog unattended in the pool. Pools can be difficult for dogs to get out of if there aren't steps. You can teach them to use ladders, but it will take some work. Don't assume they'll figure it out on their own. Don't forget to give your pup a quick rinse with clean water from the hose to get the chlorine off.

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