With summer in full swing, many of us choose to hit the beach with our dogs for some fun, sun, and splashing. While the beach is an especially fun place for dogs that enjoy water and swimming, there are a few precautions to take when venturing out for the day.
Sun burn – You may not realize it, but even dogs can get sun burns. Their noses, bellies, and areas with particularly thinner fur are susceptible to the sun’s hot rays so it’s important to protect your pooch. Provide shade with a beach umbrella and consider dog-friendly sunscreen. (Sunscreen made for humans can make your pet sick if he tries to lick it off.) Also look into doggy sun goggles to protect your pooch’s eyes from harmful rays.
Salt water – Your pup may be inclined to lap up the salty ocean water if he’s thirsty, but that can give him a belly ache! Prevent your dog from drinking salt water by providing plenty of fresh water. Be sure to also give your dog a good fresh water rinse after swimming in salty water.
Seaweed and dead sea creatures – While exploring the beach, you may come across a variety of washed up sea life and other items. Keep a close eye on your dog to prevent him from rolling in or eating anything that could make him sick.
Live sea creatures – Some areas need to practice caution of dangerous sea creatures such as jellyfish. Be sure to keep a close watch on the surrounding waters to keep your pet safe.
Hot Sand – If the sand is too hot for you to walk barefoot, then it’s too hot for your pup’s paw pads. Save your beach trip for a cooler day or go in the early morning or late evening to avoid the heat.
Big waves and strong swimmers – Your dog may be a strong swimmer, but large rolling waves can be very dangerous. You might choose to keep your dog on a leash so that he can’t go out too far, or purchase a dog life jacket in case he gets too tired swimming.
With some preparation and awareness, you and your dog can have enjoyable summer days at the beach.