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A dog is man’s best friend, and going to the beach with your canine best friend sure sounds fun! As much fun as it sounds, you need to be well-prepared when you’re planning to hit the beach along with your pup. Beach day with your pup means loads of running around and lots of fun activities for both of you, so you can’t possibly keep your pup leashed all day long.
Apart from going too far into the water, anything at the beach that isn’t safe for you poses a safety threat for your pup, too, including jellyfish, sunburns, broken glass, sharp seashells, etc. So, what is it that you can do to ensure your pup’s safety at the beach? Dog Junkie highlights safety tips that can help ensure that your day at the beach with your pup is nothing but enjoyable and memorable!
Staying under the sun all day long can overheat your pup’s body and increase the chances of heatstroke. Excessive exhaustion and overheating of the body can be fatal for a dog, and hence, you need to make sure that you’re doing everything it takes to keep your dog cool. The question is – how can you keep your dog cool?
Firstly, you should avoid going to the beach during the hottest hours of the day. Once you’re at the beach, make sure there’s easy access to fresh, cool water and shade, where your dog can rest and relax. Play games with your pup but try not to involve your pup in too much physical activity. If you notice that your pup is panting too much or seems overly tired, bring them under shade right away and feed them with cool water, and wrap the day early. After all, your pup’s safety is over anything else, right?
Your pup may satisfy their thirst by drinking seawater all day long, and for someone who isn’t aware of what the consequences of this could be, it doesn’t seem anything to worry about. One of the most important safety tips for taking your pup to the beach is to keep them from drinking too much salty seawater. Salty seawater can lead to severe dehydration in your pup, and if not addressed immediately, it could be fatal. To ensure your pup’s safety at the beach, you need to make sure you’re carrying plenty of freshwater for them. If your pup has consumed some seawater, you can supplement it with freshwater and be assured that nothing would go wrong. But, if the pup isn’t fed plenty of freshwater, you’re putting them at serious risk of dehydration.
Going to the beach with a pup who doesn’t know how to swim is a bad idea! Teach your pup how to swim before hitting the beach. It’s one of the most important safety tips that you must follow. If you think you can help your pup practice swimming at the beach, trust us – it’s not the best of the ways! You need to help your pup learn to swim in a controlled environment, where, in case they fail, their life isn’t at risk. Once you’re certain that your pup can swim well at the beach, it’s then safe to take them to the beach. You can further ensure your pup’s safety at the beach by going to the beach on days when the tides aren’t very high, and currents aren’t very strong so that your pup can swim more comfortably and safely.
Just like excessive exposure to sun isn’t good for you, it isn’t good for your pup either. Like your skin, your pup’s skin is prone to sunburnt and is equally painful for them. So, when you go to the beach with your pup, pack the right sun-protective gear for them as you would do for yourself. Sunscreen for dogs and wipes are two of the most essential beach tools that you must have handy. The fur on your pup’s body is the thinnest around the ears and nose, and these are the main areas where you shouldn’t miss out when applying sunscreen. Massage the sunscreen thoroughly over the dog’s skin to make sure it’s absorbed well into the skin.
When you finally wrap your day up, evaluate your pup closely and look for signs of redness or inflammation anywhere on their body, especially hairless and pink areas. If you do notice any redness, you need to head straight to the vet.
Your pup can get exposed to and attacked by harmful and dangerous parasites at the beach that can cause serious illness in your pup. While the seawater itself isn’t harmful, the pools of water that form at the shore can serve as breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria and other parasites that can lead to diseases like leptospirosis in dogs. But fret not. You can protect your beloved pup from getting seriously ill post-beach day. Before you go to the beach, get your pup vaccinated for leptospirosis. Also, stay on top of tick and dog flea prevention measures to ensure your dog stays safe even if they do encounter parasites along their way.
No matter how clean the beach is or how much you think you can keep an eye on your pup, never leave your pup unsupervised at the beach. We can’t stress enough this safety tip. You never know, there might be a pile of dangerous trash somewhere ahead, broken glass, or anything else that might harm your dog, or your dog might swim too far away from where they can’t possibly make their way back to the shore. You certainly can’t afford to let any of these things happening to your dear pup. So, make sure that you always have your eyes on your pup!
Following safety tips for dogs at the beach is a prerequisite for taking your pup to the beach. If you can’t abide by the safety tips, taking your pup along isn’t very wise. Your pup’s safety is as important as your own, so don’t leave any gaps of ignorance in between!