Chlorine and Bromine and Chlorine Gas
Why chlorinated pools?
Pet owners in Singapore are familiarised with bringing their dogs for hydrotherapy, not just because it is a fun and cooling way to exercise them but also because more veterinarians are recommending it as one of the treatment plans for a variety of orthopaedic and neurological ailments.
The first and main concern of bringing your dogs to public pools or the beach is how “clean” the water is as there could be harmful pathogens like Leptospirosis, Giardiasis, E.Coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A (infectious canine hepatitis) etc. that your dogs might possibly ingest.
At RehabVet, we choose chlorine to sanitise our water as it is proven to be the most effective way to eliminate most pathogens. Unfortunately, chlorinated water is still unable to kill ticks or roundworms etc.
Another common concern from the pet owners is whether ingesting or inhaling chlorine is hazardous to your dogs. We ensure that our pool area is well ventilated and we test our pool chlorine and pH levels everyday to warrant a safe amount to prevent dry itchy skin, ear or eye irritation, yet strong enough to kill the pathogens. Furthermore, we have pool maintenance conducted weekly to get rid of debris and prevent algae from growing.
After each hydrotherapy session, we would wash the chlorine off your pet’s coat thoroughly with water and apply hypoallergenic shampoo to moisturise.