Dogs are best friends to most people, but can they be best friends when it comes to your pool? You might be inclined to think not, but this is where your instincts might be getting in the way. Here’s the truth: it’s not necessarily bad for your dog to drink pool water. It depends on the circumstances.
There are a few things you need to keep in mind if you decide to let your dog into the pool area. We’ll discuss what these are after the jump.
Dog Park, Indoor Pool, Or Just Pool?
If you’re going to allow your dog in the pool area, you need to determine what you’re going to do with them. There are three main options here:
- A pool at your house, either indoors or out (if weather permitting)
- A dog park (indoor or outdoor pool)
- A backyard with an indoor pool
Each option has its perks and its trade-offs. Let’s examine them.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. You’re allowing your dog into a pool, which means you’re pretty much guaranteeing they’ll spend a lot of time in and around the water. This is mostly convenient for you because you can easily keep an eye on them when outside of the house. It also means you don’t have to worry about keeping the pool clean or looking after it yourself.
One drawback is that depending on the breed, your dog might not appreciate being in a pool too much. For example, the English bulldog is known for its thick coat and its love of water. If you have one of these breeds, you might want to consider an outdoor pool instead so they can bask in the sun while also getting some fresh air.
This one is a toss-up for most people. You’re allowing your dog into a pool, but you’re doing it outside. Depending on the weather, this can be either good or bad. The advantage is that you can take your dog on walks, which is usually a good thing. The drawback is that if it’s storming, you’re not bringing your pup inside. They might get wet and sick from the exposure to the weather conditions.
It’s not necessarily bad for your dog to drink outdoor pool water. It depends on the circumstances. If you want to keep your dog safe and dry, then an indoor pool might be the way to go.
This is the ultimate in convenience. You’re allowing your dog into a pool, and it’s located in your own backyard. You don’t have to worry about any of the above because it already has everything you need. The drawback is that some dogs (especially smaller ones) might get sick from the exposure to the water. It also needs constant maintenance. If you want to keep your pool, you’ll have to learn to clean it and change the water regularly.
It’s not necessarily bad for your dog to drink pool water. It depends on the circumstances. If you have a large enough pool and you can keep it clean, then this is the best option for both of you. If you want to keep your dog safe and dry, then an indoor pool might be the way to go.
To decide what’s best for your unique needs and lifestyle, you need to consider all the pros and the cons of each option. Then, you can make a decision that feels right to you.
It’s important to discuss the type of water your dog will be drinking. It’s not always coconut milk, is it? While most dogs can drink the yellow stuff just fine, it’s not always the best option. You need to understand why this is before deciding to let your dog drink from the pool. It could be unhealthy for them or it could be dangerous depending on the type of water.
There are a few different kinds of water that you need to keep an eye out for. One of the main concerns is chlorination. Most pools are chlorinated, which means if you’re not using bottled water, your dog might be drinking some level of chlorine. This can cause a number of problems, from digestion issues to skin irritation. In some cases, it’s even fatal. If you’re concerned about your dog’s health, then you should probably avoid letting them drink pool water.
Temperature is also a factor to consider when choosing the pool for your dog. Warm temperatures are better for your dog’s health, as it helps keep their organs functioning properly. Similarly, cold temperatures can cause problems for your dog. If you allow your dog to swim in the pool without proper protection from the heat, it could potentially do some serious damage. You don’t want to put your pup in jeopardy, so make sure to keep the water at a comfortable temperature for both of you.
This one might sound pretty self-explanatory, but proper pool cleaning is important to consider. If you don’t have the time to clean the pool on a regular basis, then letting your dog helps out with this responsibility. Usually, people with pools hire a professional pool cleaner who comes once or twice a month. If you decide to allow your dog into the pool area, then you’ll need to learn how to clean it properly so they don’t cause any havoc while also keeping the water clean.
This is also important to consider. Where will you allow your dog to swim? Is it somewhere crowded with children or other dogs? What about in the rain or the cold? You might want to avoid these circumstances if you want your dog to be healthy. Sometimes, it’s better to avoid locations where there are a lot of people and/or children. It’s also important to make sure that the pool area is in a location where you can easily access it without getting wet or cold. It needs to be somewhere that you can change clothes easily after swimming.
The last thing you want to do is buy a pool that’s too big for your dog. Once you get something in the mail, it’s very hard to return it, so make sure you buy a pool that’s appropriate for your pet. If you have a medium-sized dog, then look for a pool that’s at least four feet deep. This will help ensure your pup isn’t hurt when jumping in or getting out of the water. It’s also important to make sure that the pool is big enough to accommodate you and your dog. If you have a large dog, then it would be best to find a pool that’s at least five feet deep. This will help ensure your puppy doesn’t hurt themselves while jumping in or out of the water. It’s also crucial to consider the width of your dog when buying a pool. If you have a wide dog, then you’ll want to look for a wider pool. Otherwise, you might find yourself struggling to get them in and out of the water comfortably. This could potentially be dangerous.
Type Of Fence
One more thing to consider about the pool is the type of fence you have around it. Is it a chain-link fence or a wooden fence? There are pros and cons to both. If you have a wooden fence around your pool, then you don’t have to worry about anything other than keeping the dogs out of it. This type of fence can be a bit flimsy, so it’s important to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t come apart. If it does, then it could potentially be dangerous for both you and your dog.
On the other hand, if you have a chain-link fence around your pool, then you need to be more careful. It might be a good idea to add a lock and some latches to the fence so people can’t just walk in off the street and jump in the pool. This could potentially be dangerous for everyone, especially if there are other dogs around that aren’t registered or contained.