Pet Friendly Pools
In recent years, a pet-friendly pool trend has emerged and the needs of pets have become an important consideration when planning pool projects. Adding special features to the pool, like tanning shelves where the water is only few inches deep, create a comfortable pool experience for dogs by providing a place to lay and stay cool when not swimming! Other add-on features for dogs include ramps that attach to the side of the pool for accessibility and large umbrellas built into the concrete for shading! A backyard living environment that includes a pool not only brings the family together keeping the kids at home with their friends, but also keeps your dogs included too!
Below are common questions regarding pools and dogs. If you have a question not addressed below, please contact us for assistance.
What is the best type of pool for my dog?
Vinyl-liner pools are out of the question for dog owners. For obvious reasons, the liner can tear or get small punctures, which then can lead to major leaking issues and headaches. On the other hand, Fiberglass and concrete pools are almost never going to be damaged by dogs and are usually the right choice, depending on the needs of the homeowner. Also keep in mind that an appropriately sized set of steps is important for entry/exit points. Fiberglass pools are not abrasive like concrete pools, so dogs can brush up against the sides of the pool and swim onto the swim outs without danger of pool abrasions.
What chemical choices are safe for my dog?
We recommend CL Free Ultra pool systems. This pool water purification/ionization system is the top of the line choice that provides you the healthiest way of treating a swimming pool with no chlorine, salt, minerals, or harmful chemicals.
Remember, our furry friends use their tongues as a shower and clean themselves accordingly. You wouldn’t want your dog ingesting caustic chemicals or to have his or her paw pads damaged from corrosive salt and chlorine which can dry out their pads and cause them to be irritated and to crack. Remember, your dog is a member of the family and trips to the vet are expensive!
CL Free Ultra pool systems keep your pool water so clean you could drink 8 gallons a day before feeling any effects. It’s safe to say, the average human is incapable of consuming 8 gallons of water in a 24-hour period and your dog is the same. Peroxide is also a very healthy choice as this product works well with humans with many health benefits. This is also true for Pristine Blue, another non-chlorine sanitizer.
What Filter System Should I Use?
A dog in your pool is like having 25 people in the pool. Dander, hair and bacteria, all get into the pool when our lovable pets go for a swim. Knowing that, you should treat your pool water accordingly.