Beach days can be great, and they’re even better with your canine friends there. In order for it to be a successful, fun day, you protect yourself from dangers at the beach. You remain aware, vigilant, and take precautions. What about your pet?
Anything that can hurt you can hurt your dog. Sudden waves, items on the beach, jellyfish, and other people and dogs are all risks. That doesn’t mean you have double to worry about. All you need is a little extra caution and awareness.
Keep a Watchful Eye
Bring extra water for your dog so that he doesn’t get dehydrated. That means more than just an extra bottle; bring some extra bottles for you and some extras for him. When it comes to the sun, make sure you both have plenty of shade. Everything will be exciting, so you may have to encourage him somehow to get out of the direct sun and heat every now and then. Bring some treats to entice him into relaxing.
That sun can heat the sand to a scorching temperature that hurts your feet. The same goes for your dog. Bring a blanket so your dog can get some relief for those burning paws when he’s not getting wet.
If your dog goes into the water, stay nearby. Don’t let your dog swim alone. Watch for waves, items in the water, jellyfish, and signs that your dog is in distress.
Know the signs for heat exhaustion. Those may include:
- Excessive panting
- Stumbling and coordination problems
Finally, know when to call it a day. Fun is great, but there is such a thing as too much. When you have been out a while, it’s a good idea to go find a cool place and get some rest. This is true for you and your dog.
Before you have your day at the beach, come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals and make sure your dog is healthy and ready.