It’s National Dog Day, But Dogs in Your Hot Tub? Not a Good Idea

August 26, 2010

Dogs in the hot tub? Well, you might make an exception for today-it’s National Dog Day-August 26th. More people have dogs for pets than any other animal. Why? Because they are loving and loyal companions. They treat us better than we treat each other. Here is one day to recognize and honor them for their love, loyalty and life saving skills.

Fido here may look peaceful-he’s in for therapy and this hot tub is kept cooler (in the high 80’s) for his treatments. But having your dog in your own hot tub? Not a good idea. Dogs shed short hair which will clog filters. There’s also the possibility of pet “germs” and their compatibility with human “germs”. That’s the verdict from your hot tub’s side.

From the pets’ view: dogs have no way to dispel excess body heat except through hard and rapid panting.  Overheating your dog is a real possibility if he or she shares your 102 or hotter hot tub. Think, too, about the drying effects that chlorine will cause (if you’re using a chlorine system).

Make your hot tub a “humans only” zone unless you and your dog agree it’s a good thing!  If your dog does go in the hot tub with you, send us a photo and tell us what you do to keep the water clean and your dog happy.

Sua cuique voluptasLatin for Everyone has his own pleasures.

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