German Shepherd Dog > Pool Water is it ok ?? (7 replies)
Pool Water is it ok ??
by donfernan on 28 November 2011 - 14:18
|Hi!! all My dog love to swim in my pool and love to wet his front paws in the first step of the pool i guesse to cool down .i start to see him drinking the water from the pool alot more and i'm worrie about this . My pool a salt water pool . does any one know anything that i should be considered about ?|
by beetree on 28 November 2011 - 14:33
|Provide him with a bowl of fresh, cool water. When he drinks from the pool say, NO, and show him his bowl of fresh water. Say good boy, when he does.|
by charity on 28 November 2011 - 14:55
assuming your pool is chlorinated, I would limit the time he spends in the water.
by beetree on 28 November 2011 - 16:08
|He has a saline pool, but no matter. All dogs should be rinsed off, daily, if allowed to swim in salt or chlorine treated water. Just like their people do, for the same reasons.|
by charity on 28 November 2011 - 16:19
Thanks beetree, I missed that in his post.....eyes weren't fully open yet!
I didn't know if salt water had to be chlorinated also.....we've had only fresh water here.
salt is a chloride compound but not up on my chemistry enough to know if it is as harsh as the pool chlorine.....I would think not.
by Slamdunc on 28 November 2011 - 16:35
A pool with a salt system uses the salt as a disinfecting and oxidizing agent in a similar manner to adding chlorine. It is a form of chlorine just like chlorine tablets only automatically added. I would limit drinking pool water as Chlorine has been shown to cause cancer in people. Most municipal water systems have chlorine added and it can be hazardous to people as the high Nitrate levels are in our water.
by charity on 28 November 2011 - 16:44
|oh. thanks for the info......our pool had an earth filter and we added chlorine tabs to the basket. didn't know about salt being automatically added....cool!|
anyway agree with beetree's advice.....fresh water for drinking and rinse the dog after swimming. Try to limit pool time. We had a dog who loved swimming and we had to lock him in the basement if we wanted some serious swim time. He would come in and try to "rescue" us. Funny but annoying if you weren't in the mood.
He never seemed to develop the skin issues mentioned previously.
by amysavesjacks on 28 November 2011 - 19:39
|Drinking salt water can cause dehydration and diarrhea... be careful!|