Dogs and Public Pools

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Many dog owners regard their pet as a part of the family. It means when the human family jumps into a public pool; their dogs jump into the water as well. Richer people construct personal swimming pools and all members of the family-human and canine-frolic in the water for hours on end. Swimming is a fun activity. It should be kept safe. One precaution to take is to put a cover over the pool when nobody is swimming in it. This will keep the artificial waterbody safe from dead rodents and birds. It is not uncommon to see snakes swimming in an unattended pool.

Dogs are dirtier

Dogs are dirty creatures and they bring three times the pollutants as humans into the pool. If you have multiple dogs, then you should put more chlorine in the water. Any dog how much well-trained it is, will introduce fecal matter into your pool. Other contaminants like body oils and dirt will also float in the water. The quantity will be more if your dog likes to hunt or play outside. Any animal which goes outside the house will have some quantity of fecal matter on its body. This fecal matter helps in the transmission of E.coli, Hepatitis A, Cryptosporidium and other Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs). Since all human swimmers ingest some amount of pool water, you will fall sick if you swim in them. A germ introduced into the water will quickly contaminate other swimmers. As a human, you will suffer from a number of diseases and ailments like diarrhea, upper respiratory problems, along with ear and skin infections. Do not forget to rinse off your dog after a swim in the pool. The skin of a dog is similar to a human and they can suffer from rashes, infections, and irritations among many others.

Closed pools and infection

If you want to take your dog to a public swimming pool, then do not do so. A majority of swimming pools are essentially closed systems. In plain language, the used water passes through the filtration unit and flows back into the same pool. As per laws, the public pool must refresh the water every eight hours. If you live in a gated community, the common pool must be refreshed every 24 hours. If possible, do install variable speed and 2-speed pumps. Doing so will save a considerable sum of money in the form of chemical bills and utility bills. The water will be appropriately filtered too. When installing filters, install bigger capacity cartridge ones. The addition of a skimmer will catch a majority of hair strands in addition to skimming the water surface in the most effective manner. Only a small amount of electricity will be consumed when combined with a variable speed good quality pump.

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