The use of hot water for therapy and relaxation goes back centuries. We talk about the background of the modern hot tub and precautions to enjoy it safely. We also share recommendations about whether dogs should use a hot tub, and why you might want to find an alternative.
In This Episode:
- 02:33 – The History of Hot Tubs
- 11:17 – Recipe of the Week: Hot Tub Chicken
- 13:35 – How to Use Hot Tubs Safely
- 30:05 – Why Dogs Should Not Use Hot Tubs
- 35:38 – Outro
The History of the Hot Tub
We talk about the history of the hot tub, circling the globe from early Greek and Roman to Japanese versions of a soothing hot soak. The Jacuzzi brothers first developed the modern version in 1968 and had some creative marketing to put it on the wish list for many families.
Some movies and comedy routines popularized hot tubs such as the 2010 Sci-Fi comedy Hot Tub Time Machine and its 2016 sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
How to Use Hot Tubs Safely
Hot tubs are a great way to ease muscle aches and spasms, but there are things to be aware of to use them safely. Marianne shares several considerations, including swimming-related illnesses. Some bacteria and parasites are especially resistant to chlorine, so a clean tub with optimum pH and chlorine or bromine concentration are important.
We also talk about how the body reacts to the hot tub’s warm temperatures. People with certain conditions – or even just fatigue after a workout – may be susceptible to becoming unconscious and accidentally drowning. Listen to the podcast for more information so you can be safe!
Should Your Dog Use the Hot Tub?
We have some dog lovers on our team, and it may be tempting to let them join you while soaking in the hot tub. But we talk about several reasons to reconsider. We share veterinary recommendations for an alternative, especially for a pup with achy joints that could benefit from water therapy.
- CDC: Hot Tubs
- CDC: Swimming-Related Illness
- CDC: Ideal pH and Chlorine Concentrations
- The Fascinating History of Hot Tubs – Aqua Spas and Pools
- history of hot tubs – Search (bing.com)
- The History of Hot Tubs: From Background to the Modern Spa (inflatablehottubguide.com)
- USING THE HOT TUB FOR CANINE PHYSICAL THERAPY – Olympic Hot Tub
- Drowning and Near Drowning in Pets | Cats and Dogs TexVetPets
- Association of Canine Water Therapy – International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork / Association of Canine Water Therapy (iaamb.org)
Recipe of the Week:
To stay in our theme, somehow our team found a HOT TUB chicken recipe! The photo is almost hilariously appropriate…a sumptuous chicken seemingly basking in a hot tub of yummy juices. Check out the recipe on Food 52 and see if it doesn’t sound like exactly what you need for your next hot tub party.
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