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Tips for Taking Your Dog to The Beach
Summer is here and time to head to the beach! Beach days can be so much fun when you spend it with friends and family, including your dog. While having a great time, as a responsible dog owner, you still need to ensure the safety of your pup.
The first step is to do your research and find a dog-friendly beach that allows dogs - many beaches require them to be on a leash and stay out of certain areas. You can check the rules by looking them up online or calling the management office.
After being out in the sun we like to cool ourselves off in the water first instead of jumping in right away, we go in little by little. Your dog will not be as careful, so you have to ensure that they do not rush in.
Make sure you are able to provide a shady spot for your pup to cool down when they are hot by using a beach umbrella or a shade tent because they can overheat quickly on a sunny day.
Fresh water is essential, dogs can easily get dehydrated so pack plenty. Swimming and playing in the water can make your dog thirsty. Even a few mouthful of salt water can cause diarrhea and if a large amount is consumed, it can be fatal, so make sure to give your dog a water break.
Some beaches require the dog to be on a leash and some don’t, but if it is your dog’s first time it is recommended to keep them on a leash.
It’s best if you visit the beach in the morning and in the afternoon when UV rays aren’t the highest. The sand gets hot and can easily burn your pup’s paws. It’s not just the sand you need to keep an eye on, but also shells and sharp rocks that can easily cut your furry friend’s paw. To make sure it’s safe, check the surrounding area. Your pup will thank you for it.
You should ALWAYS rinse off your dog after a beach day! Just like how we wash our hair and body, the sand and salt needs to be washed out from their fur. Some beaches have a place where you can hose them down, but breeds with sensitive skin and long coat should be given a full bath.