Are Dogs More Sensitive to Chlorine Than People?

by SwimSwam 2

June 16th, 2015 Industry, Ivy League, Lifestyle

This dog looks pretty excited about the swimming pool! And why not? For both dogs and people, swimming is great exercise and a fun way to cool off during the summer. Let’s just hope he’s using his SwimSpray after getting out of the pool! Seriously, dogs have the exact same chlorine problems as people.

According to the American Kennel Club, “[a] dog’s eyes, nose and ears are more sensitive than a human’s and as such may be a tad more susceptible to the effects of chlorine.” Despite this heightened sensitivity, a dog’s symptoms seem to be similar to the side-effects experienced by people.

Eve Adamson of the Canine Health Foundation explains that a dog’s chlorine problems are quite similar to a human’s chlorine problems: “Chlorine dries out human hair and skin, and dogs aren’t immune either. Dogs who take frequent dips in the family pool may suffer from dry, itchy skin and a dry, dull coat because the chemicals in pool water strip the skin and coat of their natural oils. Chlorinated water may also have a slight bleaching effect on dark coats, and could even turn lighter coats (gasp!) greenish”.

Whether youcall these symptoms “chlorine allergy” or “chlorine sensitivity,” the concept is the same: your dog would probably be better off with less chlorine exposure. There’s a safe and easy way to limit your dog’s chlorine exposure.


From a chemical standpoint, dogs and people have very similar skin. Accordingly, chlorine bonds to a dog’s hair and skin the same way chlorine bonds to a person’s hair and skin. Just like with people, the chlorine doesn’t just wash away with water. As a result owners may notice a lingering chlorine odor on their dogs.

Thankfully, it’s safe and easy to get chlorine off dog’s hair and skin. Just use SwimSpray on your dog, the same way you would use SwimSpray on your own hair and skin. First, Rinse the dog; then spray your dog with SwimSpray; be sure to spread SwimSpray all over the dog; lastly, rinse everything away. Chlorine Free Dog!

SwimSpray is 100% natural and probably the safest product that you’ll ever use on your hair and skin.

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SwimSpray was invented by Dr. Andrew Chadeayne, a former Princeton University swimmer and chemistry Ph.D. from Cornell University. Tired of smelling like chlorine after his swimming workouts, Andrew set out remove chlorine from hair and skin ( SwimSpray works where so many other chlorine removal products (e.g., swimmers’ shampoos) have failed previously because SwimSpray’s all-natural vitamin C based formula breaks this bond, neutralizing the chlorine, and allowing it to be washed away with your favorite soap or shampoo.

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Andrew Chadeayne
9 years ago

Hi Gina,
With all of the human-like pet gear available, I’m surprised I haven’t seen swim paddles for dogs at the yuppy pet mart 🙂
Maybe we should patent it?

Gina Rhinestone
9 years ago

Thanks . Now I need caps for a spaniel & standard poodle & 4 sets of paddles preferably the no toe strap finis style ( I have enough trouble with straps myself ) . Or should I get fins for their hind legs ? I think little paddle style fins might be best .

For all those wondering ‘Where did the joy of swimming go ? ‘ take up watching animals swim .elephants tigers hippos dogs monkeys. Warning – very very addictive .