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Thread: Dog loves drinking the saltwater pool water - is it harmful?

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    Default Dog loves drinking the saltwater pool water - is it harmful?

    My young dog loves drinking the water from our saltwater pool, I discourage him whenever I see it. I'm just wondering if it's harmful to his health?

    He has a perfectly fine bowl of fresh drinking water available, I guess it's one of those things!

    The pool is fenced BTW !

    Cheers, GTF
    Last edited by GreenTreeFrog; 10-21-2013 at 05:32 PM. Reason: (added fencing comment for clarification)

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    Your pool is not fenced off?
    Salt water is used to make people and animals chuck up in concentrated form for something bad that has been ingested so this will happen if he drinks too much.

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    Our dog also likes drinking seawater when we take her to the beach. Very annoying because she often ends up with rather explosive diarrhea afterwards. So far luckily not in our car... but I guess it's just a matter of time

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    It's not good. Maybe occasionally but not on a regular basis.

    Can make a dog very ill. I've seen dogs at the beach squirting at both ends because of it. And too much of that can lead to dehydration problems - not solved by drinking more salty water.

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    Admittedly guys the water from a saltwater pool is nowhere near as salty as seawater. My old girl will occasionally clean herself out by drinking seawater too. I'm sorry, I don't know if the poolwater would be harmful. I suspect it would depend on how much he's drinking - possibly in small amounts it's not a problem? Considering humans are supposed to swim in it, and will usually ingest some when doing so, it might not be that big a problem? How's your pool's chemical balance, pH, chlorine etc? I know it's not a chlorine pool but the salt converts to chlorine to do the same anti-bacterial job. I'd probably check my pool water, check any MSDS's that are applicable to the chemicals you use (material safety data sheets), and then ask my vet. Would be interested to know the vet's response....

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    Salt water is harmful, they're ingesting way too much salt. The reason they get sick is the salt concentration in the gut is too high, water is flooded in and quickly comes out both ends to get rid of the salt. Thats what causes the dehydration. Salt absorbed into the body though raises blood pressure (same concept, water is pumped into the blood stream to dilute raising blood volume and pressure) over time this can be very bad for the heart and kidneys.

    Fence the pool, it's the law now anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekhbet View Post
    Salt water is harmful, they're ingesting way too much salt. The reason they get sick is the salt concentration in the gut is too high, water is flooded in and quickly comes out both ends to get rid of the salt. Thats what causes the dehydration. Salt absorbed into the body though raises blood pressure (same concept, water is pumped into the blood stream to dilute raising blood volume and pressure) over time this can be very bad for the heart and kidneys.

    Fence the pool, it's the law now anyway.
    Not sure why you assume my pool isn't fenced, it is, and in accordance with the local regulations. I have young grandchildren, it's not something I would skimp on. He's a small dog that is almost fully grown but can still fit through the fence panels (they are proper width pool fence panels).

    Thank you for the replies, I will continue to discourage him. He generally only shows a keen interest when we're swimming. I will ask my vet for advice also.

    We regularly test the water and it's just about perfect, we rarely have to add anything even salt, we've struck it lucky with the balance I guess.

    Thanks again,
    GTF

    p.s. he has not been sick at all, I would take him to the vet if he was, this was about seeking some general advice..
    Last edited by GreenTreeFrog; 10-21-2013 at 05:48 PM.

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    I wouldnt stress to much GTF....my neighbours dog does it to and i know of a few others aswell. So far none have ended up crook from it. If it was your dogs only water supply i guess there would be isuess but that's obviously not the case. Heck, we wouldnt be taking dogs to the beach if salt was that bad lol.

    Yeah, i dont know why people assumed your pool wasnt fenced. Just love having that little dig for some reason i guess.


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    Maggie is in the ocean every day when summer is on. She doesn't choose to drink it but does injest some retrieving balls and sometimes rinsing the sand out of her mouth. It hasn't caused problems so far. Sounds like you are doing what you can.

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    its bad for dogs.
    just like running is bad for my GSD.
    Sometimes you gotta let em,
    for special occasions like swimming with his family!

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