4 Ways to Protect Your Dog from Pool Chemicals
For many dog owners, summertime means a little extra work keeping your pet safe. For example, you have to be vigilant about checking their skin for ticks and make sure they aren’t suffering due to the high temperatures. All while also carving out some extra time for them to run, play, and enjoy the warm weather.
Many people help their dogs enjoy the season by letting them go for a swim. And swimming is an excellent way for your dog to exercise and cool off in the summer, so it really is a great choice. But few people are aware of the dangers associated with the chemicals used to keep our pools clean.
Read on for a few tips on how you can protect your pet from over exposure to pool chemicals.
Know what they’re swimming in.
When you go for a swim, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about what goes in to keeping the pool clean. However, as this article about pool chemicals shows, the reality is many chemicals are needed to keep pools clean and swimmable. If not properly used and stored, these chemicals can be very harmful to humans and animals. So, before you let your pet make a splash, be sure all pool chemicals are out of their reach and make sure the chemical levels in the pool won’t be harmful to them.
Learn the signs of trouble.
A curious pet can easily nose their way into trouble. So, if you’re going to be spending time around the pool as summer winds down, make sure you know the signs of a chemical poisoning for dogs. This article from LoveToKnow.com provides a great comprehensive list of possible symptoms of dog poisoning. It outlines common symptoms – such as drooling, vomiting, loss of coordination, and many more – and also explains why those signs might be present. Of course, if you suspect your pet has been exposed to pool chemicals, call your vet immediately.
Rinse your dog after a swim.
Even “safe” pool chemical levels can irritate your dog’s skin. As the American Kennel Club notes, giving your dog a thorough rinse with fresh water after each swim can help wash those chemicals off their skin. If you leave pool water on your pet to dry, it could lead to dry fur and itchy skin. Also, if you’re logging lots of hours at the pool with your dog, the AKC even suggests giving your dog a good shampoo once a week followed by a conditioner treatment. Doing so will “rid the coat of chlorine residue and restore moisture to a dry coat.”
Avoid chemicals by hitting the lake
If exposure to pool chemicals has you worried, you can always avoid them altogether by taking your pooch for a swim at a local lake. However, be aware that doing so comes with its own downsides. For example, DogTipper.com notes that at the lake pet owners should watch out for things like blue-green algae, water snakes, and glass and metal, which can all turn a trip to the lake sour for your dog. It also suggests optimizing your pet’s safety by having them wear a life jacket while they’re in the water.
Summer is winding down, so there’s no time like the present to squeeze in some fun at the pool with your four-legged friend. When you’re aware of the dangers associated with pool chemicals, you can take the necessary steps to make those days by the pool a blast for everyone.
Vee Cecil is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor. Vee is passionate about studying and sharing her findings in wellness through her recently-launched blog, MyNewWell.com. You can also find her on Twitter: @Vee_Cecil.