Pets and Your Pool: What You Need to Know
While dogs hate baths, many of them love to swim in the pool. While this is very cute, there are few things you should know before letting your pup in the pool.
Infections or illnesses
If your pooch has vomiting, diarrhea or a skin infection then it’s best to keep them out of the pool. Not only can this contaminate your water and make you sick, but it can keep your dog from getting better. If your dog has infectious illnesses such as Salmonella or Giardia do not let them in the pool under any circumstances!
Just like with people, different dogs have different tolerances for chlorine. Some dog breeds such as Poodles, Labradors, Bulldogs, Spaniels or Shar-Peis suffer from skin irritations and are more likely to be irritated by the chlorine in pools. So, if your pooch suffers from skin issues, then keep them clear of the pool.
Poor swimming skills
Contrary to popular belief, not all dogs are good swimmers. Smaller dogs can lack the strength to keep themselves afloat for long periods of time and younger pups can panic and forget where the exit points are. If left unattended it is possible for your pooch to drown. If your dog isn’t a strong swimmer, make sure you have sturdy pool fencing in place.
If you need some help stopping Fido from swimming in your pool, contact Mermaid Fencing today. We have a range of pool fencing for all styles of homes, so you can get your home looking great, while protecting your pooch. For smaller dogs we recommend opting for frameless or semi-frameless glass pool fencing rather than aluminium fencing, as they sometimes wiggle through the bars.
For more information about our range of products, then call us today. Our team are always happy to help.