It’s no secret that the Northwest is the land of the dog. There probably is no more dog-friendly place you could live. As a result, we get frequent questions from our dog-loving customers about canine swimming safety, pool care, and even the right pools for their fur-babies. Today, we’re answering some of the most common questions we get about swimming with dogs and the best way to handle life if you’ve got both a pool and a dog.
How do I make sure my dog is safe around the swimming pool?
Not all dogs can swim, so invest in a life jacket for your dog. And start slow—try out a baby pool first to see how your dog does. Make sure there’s an easy way for the dog to get out—either stairs or a ramp. Never leave the dog unsupervised in the pool. When swimming with dogs, you don’t want them to drink the pool water, so keep a bowl of fresh water out for them.
What kind of pool do you recommend for dog owners?
If your dog is going to get into the pool, fiberglass or concrete pools are the best choice because they are never going to be damaged by dogs. Vinyl liners are easily torn and not a good choice.
Is chlorine dangerous for dogs?
According to the American Kennel Club, “a dog’s eyes, nose and ears are more sensitive than a human’s and may be a tad more susceptible to the effects of chlorine.” So don’t let the dog drink from the pool excessively.
Hose off your dog after a swim to rinse off the chemicals after a swim and dry ears with a towel or blow dryer to keep them moisture-free. Salt water pools are definitely easier on dogs’ skin than chlorine.
Will swimming with dogs (meaning, all the hair!) be hard on my filter system?
Dog hair, especially long dog hair, is hard on a pool filter system. And it’s likely you’ll have to clean it more often. Dog hair can clog a skimmer or pump basket and the wear and tear may result in need for pump repair. We haven’t heard of people complaining about this, however. You might want to invest in Filter Savers, nylon skimmer basket liners that trap hair. Keep an eye on baskets and fliters and you should be fine.
If your dog loves swimming, he or she will love swimming with you in the pool. As always, give us a call at 503–631-4816 if you have any questions.
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