Jump to content

AKC: Health

Sign in to follow this  
  • entries
    323
  • comments
    2
  • views
    2,406

Can Dogs Swim In Chlorine Pools?

Sign in to follow this  
Rss Bot

7 views

If you are an owner of man’s best friend, you can relate to watching your furry companion lunge himself into a pool. While this is pleasing to watch for many humans, it does raise a question — is chlorine safe for dogs?

When humans swim in a pool, most chlorine levels are safe, even if you happen to ingest water by accident. Most canines, on the other hand, have ears and eyes that are more sensitive than the ears and eyes of their owner. This sensitivity makes dogs more susceptible to the dangers of chlorine. However, dogs with floppy ears can retrieve an ear infection because of the dampness, not the chlorine.

Making Chlorine Safer for Dogs

“As far as chlorine: the amount in a pool is negligible, but the toxic concerns are with dogs getting into chlorine tablets, so they should be put in a safe location where a dog cannot ingest them,” Chief Veterinary Officer of American Kennel Club Dr. Klein notes. Some canine owners choose to apply non-chlorine chemicals to their pools such as Bromine, which is safer for pets.

If your pet does hop in the pool, give him a quick rinse when he gets out to remove any excess chemicals. In addition, be sure to dab their ears with a towel to prevent dampness and infection.

When most canines see a pool, they may see a huge water bowl. Make sure to prohibit licking or drinking the pool water, as this could cause other issues. It will be best to have fresh water close by.

dog pool

Dog Swimming Safety

Overall, if your furry friend is properly cared for after and while swimming, chlorine is safe. The biggest misconception is how your dog actually approaches swimming. “Not all dogs want to swim and those that don’t can be encouraged, but should not be forced,” Dr. Klein adds. Owners should allow their dogs to enter the pool at their own leisure and be praised every step along the way. Dogs should never be thrown into the pool, as many dogs are fearful the first time they approach the water. To help your canine enter the water, try tossing a toy or escorting them yourself. The easiest part? You won’t have to teach them how to swim because they are natural swimmers.

Is it your dog’s first time? Most dogs tend to panic when they try to exit a pool for the first time. They aren’t used to walking up the ladder and as an owner, you have to show them how to use the steps. When a dog starts to thrash in the water, it can’t bark and will get tired that could lead to potential drowning. Because of this, it’s also best to surround your pool with a fence to prevent accidents. Never leave the dog without any supervision and teach them how to exit the pool using a toy or treats.

Swimming with your companion is entertaining, fun, and great bonding time, as long as you follow the precautions!

The post Can Dogs Swim In Chlorine Pools? appeared first on American Kennel Club.


View the source article

Sign in to follow this  


0 Comments


Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

Join the conversation

You can post now and register after. If you already have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

CairnTalk.net

A meeting place and online scrapbook for Cairn Terrier fanciers.

Disclaimers

All posts are the opinion and responsibility of the poster.

Post content © the author.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Site Guidelines | We put cookies on your device to help this website work better for you. You can adjust your cookie settings; otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.