Can my dog Join?
Fluffy could potentially do anything with you. Could hot tubbing be a part of this? So let’s talk about it.
As much as we may not want to hear it, dogs are not humans, despite what we dog lovers may think. To protect your hot tub, yourself, and your pet, you must be conscious of a few things. Here are a few things to consider and keep in mind when choosing whether or not to take your canine soaking.
Keeping the water clean
You should think about cleanliness before allowing your canine access to the hot tub. Even if you routinely bathe your dog and keep him inside, he will still pick up small amounts of dust and debris throughout the day. In addition to the hair that is shed, there is a high chance that any dirt, grime, or debris in your dog’s coat will find its way into the water when it gets wet in the hot pool. This may strain the hot tub’s filtration or lessen your and your family’s enjoyment of the tub.
You should also be cautious about any shampoos or sprays you use on pets to treat fleas or ticks. These may come away from the dog’s coat and combine with the water in your hot tub. Even though your filtration system will get rid of these items, it might take some time for the water to completely circulate and be cleaned after your dog soaks, and you might need to use a defoamer to get rid of soap and shampoo remnants.
Damage to hot tub surfaces
You must consider the potential harm to your spa’s surfaces if you plan to hot tub with your canine. When they step into a hot tub, many canines become anxious.
The first thing your canine will likely do is try to climb out. The surface of your acrylic hot tub may be scratched, and other components of the spa may also be harmed by your dog’s claws. If you still want to take a dip with Fluffy, make sure the dog’s claws are fully rounded and trimmed, and make sure you’re always nearby if the dog is soaking to prevent injury.
Heat is a further safety concern to be aware of. Hot tubs are typically kept at 102 degrees or so, as you are presumably already aware. Although it may feel good to you, your dog could rapidly become overheated if you do this. Since dogs cannot perspire, they may become hot in these sweltering conditions. Those who are overweight or especially sensitive to the weather may experience even worse effects. Your dog might experience heat stroke or even be in danger of passing away sooner than you believe.
You should also think about how the sanitizing agents in your hot tub might impact your dog. The skin or eyes of your canine, for instance, could suffer. Also, many dogs have the temptation to consume the water that they’re swimming in. Their well-being might not benefit from this.
Alternative therapy options
If you still want to provide therapy options for Fluffy consider getting a plastic pool and filling it with warm water. Talk with your veterinarian about alternative practices to provide hydrotherapy for your pup!