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Backyard Pools Safe for Pets? – Ask Annie

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backyardpondDear Annie,
Can you recommend a pet-safe way to treat an outdoor water pond/fountain. We have one in our yard but I have been hesitant to add chemicals that may be harmful to the dogs. – Anne, CA

Dear Annie,
I asked my friend Mick for the answer, as he has had many koi pools over the years, and here is what he suggests: “One thing that I have done with my small ponds in the past is throw a bunch of pre-1980 (100% copper) pennies in where there is a lot of water movement. The copper oxidizes and helps to control algae.” He also uses Oxy-Boost for periodic “shock” treatments.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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