Relaxing, sun, surf, sand, water...ah, the beach. What’s not to love? Well, if you’re a pet parent, taking your dog to the beach sounds like a good time. It can be fun for both you and you’re furry friend, but only if you take some precautions to make sure that your dogs has a great time enjoying the sand and surf.
Make sure your dog can swim - Not all dogs are natural swimmers. If you are not sure that your dog can swim, it’s best to think about using a life vest and make sure they are never unsupervised when near the water. You should also avoid choppy water and waves - even if your dog is a good swimmer. Instead go at low tide and steer your pet toward calm waters.
No salt water - Try to keep your dog from drinking salt water, which can lead to problems including vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. The water in lakes, ponds and streams can also be problematic and contain microorganisms that can lead to illness. Be sure to bring plenty of fresh, clean water to quench your dog’s thirst.
Provide plenty of shade - Being out in the sun makes it easy for canines to overheat. So be sure to provide a cool place in the shade for them to rest. Bring an umbrella for shade or consider packing a portable, pop-up carrier that offers protection from the sun and plenty of ventilation for your dog..
Remember the sunscreen - Like people, dogs can also get sunburns. Since human sunscreens can contain ingredients that shouldn’t be ingested by dogs, look for a fragrance-free pet sunscreen or a sunblock with broad spectrum UVA and UVB barriers. Apply the sunscreen to vulnerable areas, such as the nose, ear tips and belly — and try to keep your dog from licking it off before it fully soaks in. You might also consider having your pup wear a t-shirt to protect its belly area.
Be safe in the sand - Hot sand can burn tender paws. You can opt for booties to protect your dog’s feet. Also watch for hidden dangers in the sand such as broken glass, fish hooks and sea shells,
Rinse at the end of the day - Before heading home, be sure to rinse off your dog thoroughly with clean water to remove any sand or salt from their coat. Dry them off thoroughly to prevent and itching or dry skin later on.