Can dogs swim in chlorine pools? It is a valid question, and you’re on the right track if you’ve found this article!
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Dogs and Chlorine
According to Dr. James Barr of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, chlorinated water can cause an upset stomach in dogs if enough is consumed. The amount needed to cause issues will vary by weight, breed, age, and any medical issues. Also, Dr. Barr maintains that “by far, the most common reason why a dog drowns or nearly drowns in a pool is because they suffer from dementia or are blind or both, fall into the pool and are unable to get out,” said Barr. “Otherwise, safety depends on your dog’s ability to get in and out of the pool.”
Chlorine is Generally Safe For Dogs
Per the American Kennel Club, “overall, if your furry friend is properly cared for after and while swimming, chlorine is safe.” The Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota advises the following during doggy pool time:
“Monitor your pet closely and if you notice they are lapping up water or frequently urinating, then it’s time to force your dog to take a break from the pool.”
Beware Chlorine Tabs
Always keep chlorine tablets in a safe location away from your pets.
- Chlorine is generally safe for dogs
- Do not let your dog consume large amounts of pool water
- Keep drinking water nearby
- Always keep chlorine tabs in a safe place
- Keep medical conditions in mind before letting your dog swim
- Do not assume that your dog can swim as this is a myth
- Discuss concerns with your veterinarian beforehand
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