Pet Safety for Dogs and Swimming Pools…

Pets are family, so of course you want them to come along on holidays. Dog owners know that these furry friends give us the best excuse to get out outside and explore, whether that’s taking on the trails or just hanging in the garden. However, when it comes to dog-friendly holiday cottages with swimming pools and hot tubs, there are some safety recommendations to consider…

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Get your dog comfortable with the pool

First things first, show your dog around the swimming area. Introduce them to the pool and show them the steps so that they know how to get out.

If your dog is new to swimming, you should also show them the water, but let him or her get comfortable on their own. Consider giving them a life vest until you’re sure they can swim on their own.

You’re also welcome to get in the pool with your pet to help them get comfortable swimming and treading water.

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Always supervise your pet.

Just like with children, your pets should always be supervised when swimming. This also applies to your pet being in the garden where the pool or hot tub is located. Do not leave your dog unattended in case they fall in. If your pet can’t get out on their own, they can panic and tread water frantically, quickly leading to exhaustion.

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Do not allow your pet to drink from the hot tub or pool.

While a properly maintained pool is generally safe for dogs – provided that they do not have any skin conditions – the water can be dangerous if too much is ingested.

If your pet drinks water from a swimming pool or hot tub with chlorine, it can lead to an upset gastrointestinal tract, which may cause nausea, vomiting, and esophageal damage.

A news story recently highlighted one Bulldog who was struggling to breathe after the strong chlorinated water caused inflammation on his lungs. While he quickly recovered, vets had to give him oxygen through a catheter in his nose to stabilise him.

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Rinse your dog off after swimming.

The chemicals in pool water can lead to skin irritation in both humans and animals. It is recommended to rinse your dog off after swimming, and be sure to regularly check for dry or irritated skin. Contact your veterinarian if you notice anything unusual.


Use a cover when not using the pool or hot tub.

This helps keep the pool and hot tub clean while also helping to prevent accidental falls. Our dog-friendly holiday cottages are equipped with covers to keep everyone safe.

Have fun!

It can be tempting to let our dogs relax with us in the swimming pool, but one of the safest ways to cool them off is to get your hands on a dog friendly paddling pool. Simply fill with cool water and let your pup splash around on a hot summer’s day. Play frisbee, catch, and other dog-friendly pool games during your English cottage holiday. Just remember to keep your pet hydrated.

Follow this guide and you’ll be well on your way to a wonderful time at one of our dog-friendly holiday homes.

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