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    Dead animal in pool

    Found a dead rabbit in my skimmer. Do I need to shock the pool? I don't know how long the rabbit was in the water, last time I checked the skimmer was 2 days ago. Rabbit wasn't big, just a baby.
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    I would if it were my pool. Dead animals are breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses. I would feel safer for my family superchlorinating the pool. You never know what that thing was carrying!
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    I would raise it to shock level for a day
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    Over the years I have found birds, chipmunks, and dead mice in my pool. One time I even got a double...dead mouse in pool and a chipmunk in the skimmer. I would raise it to shock for one day as previously described.
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    I am soooo NOT looking forward to this part of pool ownership.
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    I agree with shocking it for a day.
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    Doubtful anything will survive even at residual sanitiser level, unless the carcass has been oozing into the water as wild animals are notorious for carrying contagion such as cryptosporidium, but shocking will certainly keep everyone more re-assured so its;

    +1 for shocking

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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    There is no need to shock as long as there is a reasonable amout of FC in the pool. If you could see what was at the bottom of every lake in the world, you would drink your pool water with the dead rabbit in it before sticking one toe in a lake.
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    Swimming in ponds.....ewwwwwwww. Drinking pond water......ewwwwww!!

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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo
    Swimming in ponds.....ewwwwwwww. Drinking pond water......ewwwwww!!

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    My point is, people swim in lakes all the time and even accidentally swallow water without getting sick and lake floors are littered with dead animals, fish and even human bodies.

    There is no need to worry about one dead bunny found floating in a chlorinated pool.
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    I got you all beat. I found a dead bat in a skimmer.
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    Maybe I should not mention this,
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    but this reminds me of an incident in a neighboring city about 25 years ago, where they found a dead body stuffed in a water tower.
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    ****, I should have stopped reading!!
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

    Ok... Isaac, that tops them all... Glad I'm on well water!!


    Hubby would love to find a bat in the skimmer... so long as it is no longer kicking. He's deadly afraid of the things.

    I'm not crazy about swimming in the lake or a pond, but will do it on occasion. Can't imagine the little guy would cause too much trouble so long as your chlorine levels were in check and still maintaining well. Who knows how many birds drop their waste in our pools as they fly over... and I would image that to be worse than a little guy who just recently fell in.
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    Re: Dead animal in pool

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    How's that for an animal in your pool?
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