On a scorching day, a dip in a swimming pool can look extremely appealing to humans and animals alike, but is it safe to let you dog swim in a chlorine pool?
Although the chlorine levels in a normal swimming pool are safe for humans to swim in, and occasionally ingest, dogs may be more susceptible to effects of chlorine because their nose, eyes, and ears are more sensitive. Don't let your dog drink from the pool -- even though it may seem like a large water bowl to them -- so have fresh water available.
If your dog does go for a swim, make sure to spray them down after to wash off the chemicals from the pool and give their ears a gentle dab with a towel to dry the insides to avoid infections -- this is especially important for dogs with floppy ears.
Also, make swimming a pleasant experience for your dog by allowing them to take their time entering the water and praising them each step of the way. Never throw a dog into a pool. Toss a toy into the pool or escort your dog over the side to encourage them to enter the water. Many dogs are natural swimmers, so they do not need to be taught how to swim. However, dogs may panic when trying to exit the pool for the first time since they are not used to using ladders or steps made for humans, so help teach your dog how to use these ways to safely get out. Never leave your dog unsupervised in a pool, they may need assistance if they are in trouble and may not be able to bark to get attention.
By keeping your dog safe while swimming, you both can have as much fun as this water-loving pup:
Emergency First Aid for Dogs
Even the most responsible pet owner can't always protect their pet from a sudden accident or illness. Getting your pet immediate medical attention can be the difference between life and death. Download this e-book to learn more about what to do in an emergency situation.