Planning Your Pet-Friendly Pool Paradise
If you live in Houston, Texas then you know how sweltering the summers can get. Having a pool in the backyard this summer will really take off the heat! But you’ll want to make sure to include everyone’s needs in your plans because what fun is pool-time if you can’t bring your furry friends on the adventure? Luckily, there are many ways you can incorporate the fun and safety of your four-legged friend into the design of your pool. Check out these 4 items you’ll definitely want to check off your pet-friendly pool list:
Pool builders in Houston will have a variety of styles of materials that your in-ground pool can be made of ranging in price and availability to accommodate your needs. In regards to the best material for your pup, you’ll want to look for a fiberglass swimming pool. Not only will fiberglass be better able to resist potential damage that could be caused by your pets’ nails, but it will also be easier on your pets’ joints and paw pads than a traditional concrete pool.
2. Resting Zones
While many dogs are great swimmers, they don’t always have the keenest foresight. If you’re investing in a custom pool, it’s a good idea to have it designed with some resting ledges for your pets to take breaks on. You don’t want your pet to be stuck in the deep-end without a place to stop. Another great idea is to have multiple stair exits, at least one of either end of the pool. Stairs can act as a resting place as well as giving your pets an easy way to climb out of the water.
3. Water Safety
You might be wondering what type of pool water is the best for regular use by your pets. Many dogs drink a lot of water while swimming and you don’t want to be giving them access to water that is harmful. The good news is that you really can’t go wrong with pool water. The levels of chemicals or salts in pool water are actually low enough that it will not harm your dog, regardless of whether you choose to go with chlorine, salt or mineral water. Of course, your pool should not be the only water your pet has access to.
The main harm that can be caused by pool swimming is skin irritation from chlorine, the same type of irritation that can be caused on your own skin. To reduce the likelihood of skin irritation to your pet, it is a good idea to rinse them off with fresh water after each swim.
Filtration is particularly important when talking about letting pets into your pool. This one isn’t really for your pets’ safety, but for the safety of your wallet! Pet hair can be hard to clean out of a pool and it is really great at clogging filters. This can lead to a recurrent issue of broken filters that can get costly to repair. Luckily, there are a couple of great solutions to this problem so that your furry friend can spend as much time in the pool with you this summer as possible!
Primarily, you’ll want to use a stronger filtration system than the standard. The Association of Canine Water Therapy recommends getting the biggest and best filtration system available. Other items that can be helpful in your quest for filtration of pet hair include a pool sweep with a skimmer sock of the sweep basket and an internally-filtered hand vacuum. These items will help you rid your pool of some of the hair before it hits the main filtration system.
As we edge into the hot Houston summer, it’s a great time to think about getting your own pool! However, what fun would your pool be if your favorite four-legged friends couldn’t jump in with you? Don’t forget to keep your pets in mind when creating the pool paradise of your dreams.
Jenn Lee, is a family blogger and proud parent of Reggie the Golden Retriever .