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Dog Swimming Pools, Reasons For Having One

By Ewald H Roald

We all like to cool off in the water in the summertime. This includes our pets. Most dogs like swimming and splashing in the water. It is great exercise and most dogs love to play in it. It cools them down much like it cools humans down. Dog swimming pools are a great way to provide a safe environment for them to do so.

Some people will buy a pool meant for a child for their dog. Unfortunately like buying a dog a human Frisbee it can be very dangerous. Child pools and human Frisbees are usually made of hard plastic and can tear easily under your dogs teeth or nails. The least that can happen is the pool is destroyed.

The problem with the hard plastic fragments is if your dog happens to eat them they can cause a blockage. Intestinal blockages can easily kill your dog. It is extremely dangerous to have these fragments around. That is what makes almost everything suited for human children unsuitable for dogs including kiddie pools.

Allowing your dog to swim in a human adult sized pool is also dangerous. The levels of chlorine that are meant for humans can irritate a dogs skin. Worse yet If the dog drinks the chlorinated water he or she can become extremely ill. This makes human adult pools unsuitable for dogs.

Some people think that a lake or pond is a good place for a dog to swim and play. The water in these places can contain bacteria and viruses that have an adverse affect on a dogs skin. A lot of the skin conditions that are common come from these bacteria. This is one reason why these places do not make good swimming areas for our canine friends.

The stagnant water of a backyard pond is also a haven for mosquitoes. These insects carry heartworms which is deadly to dogs and very expensive to treat. Even with treatment the dog might still die from them. It is a very large problem and can easily be prevented by not allowing stagnant water to accumulate or not allowing your dog to play in stagnant ponds.

Purchasing and maintaining a pool specifically for your dog is the best answer. The pools that are meant for dogs are durable and will not splinter like child pools. Well maintained dog pool water is safe for dogs to drink and play in. So when you think about it purchasing a dog pool is not that strange of an idea. There are a lot of different options and price ranges for dog swimming pools and you are sure to find one to suit both you and your dog.

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