With summer in full swing, water-loving dogs are jumping at the chance to dive into lakes and pools. Swimming is a great warm-weather activity because it gives your dog an outlet for their energy and also helps keep them cool from the heat.
But when it comes to swimming pools, you may be wondering about those added chemicals. Is it safe for dogs to swim in chlorinated water? Can it harm them or make them sick? Let’s review the potential hazards and how to keep your pup safe this summer.
The good news is that chlorinated water is safe for dogs, just like it is for humans. The amount of chlorine in a pool is negligible and unlikely to cause any ill side effects.
However, as with anything, there are always some risks:
To avoid these negative side effects and keep your dog happy and healthy:
Dogs that spend significant amounts of time in the water—especially those with long, floppy ears—may experience more frequent ear infections. Some pet parents may wonder if these are related to chlorine exposure, but recurrent infections are more likely related to wet ears in general than chlorine in particular.
If your dog is prone to ear infections, speak with your veterinarian about how to prevent them by drying your pup’s ears and using an ear-cleaning solution after swimming.
The biggest concern for dogs in pools is not the chlorine, but swimming safety in general. Always err on the side of caution and keep the following in mind:
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