Dogs in Swimming Pools
When it comes to whether or not to let your dog in the swimming pool there are three things to consider before making that decision. What you need to answer is who or what are you trying to protect?
The Dog – Many dogs love to swim and will readily jump in the swimming pool every chance they get. Others may take some time to warm up to the idea of swimming, either way don’t force it. The key is to use common sense, you should supervise the dog while it is swimming and make sure your pet can exit the pool when it needs a break. Dogs that can’t get out of the pool can and do drown. As for the chemicals, their effect is much the same as it is for us. It is generally suggested that you consult your veterinarian. If you have a dog that likes the pool you may want to consider a dog ramp for the pool.
The Pool – The first concern is usually the filter. This concern is generally unfounded with modern quality filters, but checking with the manufacturer would not be a bad idea. The real issue is with vinyl liners. Liners can be ripped and punctured by sharp objects, including animal claws. High quality vinyl would probably resist most abuse, but larger the dog is and the older the vinyl, the more likely it is to fail. You make the call, but proceed with caution. If your pool is of fiberglass, or gunite/concrete construction, then you have nothing to worry about.
You and Your Guests – Be careful allowing large dogs in the pool with people and especially, small children. The swimming method of dogs can scratch people, because of their smaller size, children are at risk of facial and neck scratches.