We want our pets to enjoy our beach vacation as much as we do. They are, after all part of the family. What a great backdrop as well for family photo’s including our family fur buddy’s. What precautions should we be taking to ensure a day of fun doesn’t end in disaster? Here are ten things you need to know how to keep your dog safe at the beach.
1. Not all dogs can swim. That’s right, the doggie paddle does not come naturally to every dog. Never throw your dog in the water expecting him to swim. As a matter of fact, some small breeds like Corgis and Pugs cannot swim. Find some quiet water and give your dog a chance to show you if he can swim or not by encouraging him to follow you.
2. Drinking salt water is a bad idea. It can cause mild indigestion and diarrhea. Drinking large amounts can cause hypernatremia and lead to vomiting, dehydration, incoordination, seizures, and require veterinary care. Make sure you have a few jugs of spring water for your pet.
3. Use sun screen. You’re not the only one that needs to be concerned with sun burn. Get a sun screen specially formulated for dogs and apply it to your dog’s nose and ears 30 minutes before hitting the beach.
4. Invest in a life vest. Waves, current, and rip tides can quickly exhaust your dog, and that can be deadly. Life vests made specially for dogs come in all sizes. Some have a handle on the back, making it easy for you to lift your dog out of the water.
5. Calm water is best. Surf boards, jet skis, and big waves can frighten your dog. Find a quiet place to play with your pup, or locate a local dog beach were surfing and boating are not allowed.
6. Beware of submerged dangers. Sharp rocks, shells, coral, and jellyfish can injure your dog. And, because dogs often don’t indicate when they’re in pain, you’ll need to watch his body language and carefully check him for cuts and scrapes.
7. Head for cover. The sun and the sand are fun, but it’s nice to have a place to take a break in the shade and out of the wind. Consider bringing an inexpensive tent to give you and your dog a comfortable place to relax.
8. Don’t overdo it. Running on sand is strenuous, so don’t expect your dog to be able to fetch as long as he might at the dog park. And, start slow, giving him time to warm up to avoid a muscle pull.
9. Cold water can hurt. Remember, if your dog has arthritis or other joint issues, swimming in cold water can irritate the condition. Stick to shallow water and bays where the water is warmer.
10. Rinse thoroughly. When you’re done playing, take time to rinse salt, sand, and microscopic organisms from your dog’s coat. Also, be sure to dry your dog’s ears as moisture in the ear canal can cause ear infections.
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