Pool Tip of the Day – For your canine friends!

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Dogs often love to jump in the pool and swim with their owners, but chlorine isn’t all that good for canines. A dog’s eyes, nose and ears are more sensitive than a human’s and as such may be a tad more susceptible to the effects of chlorine. Not only will the pool irritate your fury friend’s skin, but the pool will get much dirtier and hairier faster. Keeping up with dog hair in the filters may become a full time job in the summer with dogs in the pool. If your family and your dogs love swimming together, try to keep the chlorine levels below 3.0 PPM for safety. To be on the safe side, give your dog a quick spray with the hose before and after the pool. This will rinse off dirt, fecal bacteria, and the chemicals after a swim. Give their ears a dab with a dry towel or use a blow dryer to keep them moisture free. This will prevent ear infections. An average size dog is equal to multiple humans in terms of the bodily materials they will bring into a pool. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A dog will introduce fecal matter to the pool along with dirt, insects, body oils, etc. Animals always have small particles of fecal matter stuck in their fur. This fecal matter will contaminate the pool’s water, potentially aiding in the transmission of Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI’s), such as E.coli, Giardia, Hepatitis A, and Cryptosporidium. Check your pool sanitizers regularly and keep your mouth out of the water!