Dogs are cute and cuddly animals, but they are also very fragile. Like humans, dogs can succumb to infections and illnesses if they are not properly looked after. One of the areas where dogs can get sick easily is in their swimming pools. Even if you take the necessary precautions to keep your pool area hygienic, there is still a chance your dog could contract a parasite or bacterium from the water. This could potentially lead to them getting sick or even dying. It is not always easy being a responsible pet owner, especially when you live in a small village and there are not a lot of pet stores nearby to get the necessary meds.
So is it bad for dogs to swim in pools? Let’s examine the pros and the cons of letting your dog swim or wade in the water (depending on the breed of dog).
Pros Of Having A Pool For Your Dog
There are many benefits to having a pool for your dog. First of all, they can enjoy the water and feel like they are floating on a cloud. This is especially beneficial if your dog is sensitive to heat, as being near the surface of the water will keep them cool. You can also use a pool as a place for your pooch to swim and take a break from hectic days. In the winter, you can bring your dog in for some therapy by gently throwing them a ball or toy while immersed in the soothing water. Most importantly, having a pool provides your dog with mental stimulation. Like humans, dogs that are bored easily can become destructive and develop neurological problems. By keeping your dog busy with aquatic activities, you will reduce the chances of behavioral issues – even if it’s just for an hour or two each day. And last but not least, having a pool can make your dog feel more comfortable in their own environment. Many breeds of dogs, especially retrievers, find it difficult to adjust to a flat surface. The gentle undulating motion of the water provides a more natural and comfortable feeling for animals. It also allows them to feel less vulnerable when swimming since not all the water’s surface is visible to any prying eyes!
Cons Of Having A Pool For Your Dog
While there are many benefits to having a pool for your dog, there are also some disadvantages. If your dog is old or ill they may not be able to enjoy the splashing water and floating on a cloud. The chlorine in the pool can cause skin allergies or rashes in some individuals. It is also important to regulate the temperature of the water as a dog’s internal body temperature can fluctuate greatly, depending on the weather. The sun can cause your dog’s coat to become dry and flaky, which will make grooming a chore. Also, some dogs may require specialist pool coping as they are prone to diving accidents or entrapment in the screens surrounding the pool. This is why safety around any type of water-based activity must be a top priority!
On the whole, it is not bad for dogs to swim in pools, but you have to take the necessary precautions. Ensure that your dog is protected from water-borne illnesses and parasites by following proper hygiene protocols when around pools, especially if the water is not chlorinated. Remember your dog is still a puppy at heart and can only love those that love them back. Ensure that they are socialized well and feel comfortable around other animals and humans before allowing them to be in a pool environment. Safety around any type of water-based activity must be a top priority, especially if it’s a community pool or beach area!