Your pets love water but do you hesitate before letting them swim with you? Do you wonder whether if there are consequences for the quality of your water or effects of chemical products on your pet? Don’t worry, here are the answers to all of your questions.
First of all, its important to remember that just like for your children, you must remain attentive while your animal is inside your pool.
IS SWIMMING GOOD FOR OUR PETS ?
Just like for us, swimming is a fun activity that is also healthy for our pets. Furthermore, swimming during very warm periods allows them to avoid the heat as well as dehydration.
MY PETS VS. TREATMENT PRODUCTS ?
You treat your pool with chemical products (be it chlorine, bromine, or salt) to ensure a good water quality. However, does it have risks for animals ?
First of all, if you treat your pool with chlorine, make sure that your dog does not drink your pool water. Chlorine is a powerful oxidant, therefore, it is not good for their skin or their respiratory system. Make them drink beforehand to reduce thier desire to drink once they are in the water.
Secondly, if you treat your pool with salt, once again make sure that your dog doesn’t drink the water because it can lead to stomach problems or an increase in the sodium level in their blood. In addition, if they drink too much salt water there is a risk of poisoning.
If your dog often swims in your pool, don’t hesitate to treat your pool with a product that is less aggressive than chlorine. If not, leave time between swims. Furthermore, we recommend that you rinse your pet with clean water after each swim and then dry them well. That way you will have peace of mind.
WHAT ABOUT THE HYGIENE OF ALL THAT?
During their swim, your pet, just like when they are out of the water, sheds fur which can clog your filter. Plus, they bring with them a lot of impurities such as parasites, dirt, etc. These can then be found in the water of your pool. Not ideal if you want to swim at the same time as your pet. Therefore, it is recommended that you wash your pet from time to time (not just before a swim).
IS MY POOL PET PROOF ?
We cannot guarantee that your pool will remain intact after their swim. For example, if you use a liner, just a swipe of their claws is enough to damage it and notably drain the water. For owners of pools with a shell, which are more resistant, you are less exposed but your pet’s claws still pose a risk.
The methods of protection which are best fitted are tiles and concrete. But realistically, you are not going to change your pool just to enable your pet to accompany you. Just like with your children, you need to be wary of the risk of drowning (whether your pet likes swimming or not). At any moment, you must be ready to react. Therefore, here are some solutions to reduce that risk:
If you already have a safety system (shelter, barriers, covers, alarms) it is perfect. If not, you can buy bracelets that link with the collar on your pet which alert you directly if your pet has fallen in the water. Another option to reduce the risk is to install a safety/rescue ramp for animals so they can get out of the water easily all without damaging the liner or panicking in a stressful situation. They will be able to climb back up without difficulty.
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