Do Chlorinated Swimming Pools Harm The Body Of Pets?


One of the most refreshing and rejuvenating experience for the pet and the pet owner on a hot summer day is a cool plunge in the swimming pools. Many of the pet owners may have a separate pool for your pets such as dogs and cats who love to wet their body.

In these swimming pools, the water could have a bit of chlorine too, which is used to kill the germs and the microbes of the same. Those of the pet owners, who are aware of the fact, might well be concerned due to this.

Can Chlorine Harm the pets you possess?

Unlike many other chemicals, the dose of chlorine which reaches the body of pets is dependent on the quantity. Water that contains smaller amounts of the same element does not offer any sort of harm to the body of pets and even the human beings.

Contrastingly, the pets are more likely to get affected in the still water which does not contain chlorine. This water from the sources such as lakes and ponds could contain hazardous microorganisms such as amoeba and viruses which when reach the body of pets, are capable of corroding it from inside.

What are the risks of Chlorinated water on the pet’s body?

As soon as the pet plunges into the pool water, it would always crave to drink at least a little bit from the source, be it thirsty or full. In such cases, an extra amount of chlorine in the water could always lead to unpredictable consequences in the body of pets.

It has been reported that pets that regularly swim in the pools could develop slight Gastroenteritis troubles in their body, but which are never too serious to affect. In other cases, the pets that swim for longer period in water could develop a bit of sensitivity on their skin.

Their eyes could also experience slight redness if these are not properly covered while they enter into the pools. The ears of the pets that swim regularly in chlorinated water could experience some sort of infections but only meager in their effect.

Pools that are located in poorly ventilated areas may experience a release of chlorine gas which is pungent in smell and could cause irritability in the respiratory tract of the pets.

Therefore, make sure to keep track of the quantity of chlorine which is added to the pool water and if it shows signs of harms for your pets, discourage your pet from using the pools.

Vets also suggest suitable pet grooming tips for drying the body of pets as soon as they come out of the pool water, so that the effect of the same could be contained. You could use a pet dryer or soft towel for the same.
Alternatives for Chlorine in pools and safety precautions:

Chlorine could suitably be replaced by another close relative of the same known as Bromine. Bromine has a lesser pungent odor and it does not cause bleaching effects similar to the chlorine. It also does not causes irritation to the skin and eyes of the pets.

But Bromine is a bit expensive to purchase. Also, it is volatile and could get evaporated in the sun. In the matter, a “Pet and Swimming Pool expert” could help you out to use the suitable material according to the location of your pool.

As a precautionary measure, before allowing you pet to plunge in the water, feed them with plenty of water so that lesser amount of pool water reaches their body orally. You could also cover the eyes of your pets with suitable pet goggles which prevent the contact of water with the eyes, thus preventing them from the probable harms of the chlorinated pool water.