Dogs swimming in pools are fun. They are fun to watch. They are great to play with in the pool. It makes us (and them) happy. But, is it OK for your dog to swim in your pool? There is not a direct yes or no answer to this question. There are both pros and cons to letting your dog swim in your pool (as well as some safety concerns). Many people will ask if chlorine is bad for dogs? What we are asking is, are dogs bad for your swimming pool? Dogs ALWAYS have small particles of fecal matter stuck in their fur. They can also bring along insects, body oils, & dirt.
Things that need to be known about dogs in pools:
- Increased transmission of Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI)
- 1 Dog in a pool is equal to 3-30 people in a pool (depending on size/breed)
- A dog in a pool will deplete your chlorine & raise pH
- Be prepared for scratches or tears in your vinyl pool liner
- Added stress on pool equipment – Dog hair
- Extra pool cleaning – Filters need to be cleaned more
- Can add Phosphates and Nitrates to the pool
Swimming with your companion is entertaining, fun, & great bonding time, as long as you follow the precautions! Dogs add an extra layer of care to your pool. Pool owners need to monitor chemicals more frequent, maintain equipment more often, & inspect their pool structure regularly. Cannonball Pool Service offers complete pool care. Call 239.440.9888 for more information on our custom service plans.