3 top tips to keep your dog safe at the beach
A day at the beach with a dog is a wonderful way to spend time together and enjoy the outdoors. With a few extra precautions and safety tips to keep in mind, you can have a stress free day and your pup can experience a new environment.
1) Keep your pup cool
Make sure you offer a cool spot, some shade and plenty of fresh water to keep them hydrated, cool and happy.
A general rule is if the sand is too hot for you to walk on, it is too hot for your dog’s paws too. Hot sand can burn their paws so it is best to avoid the hottest part of the day when visiting the beach with them.
Did you know dogs can get sunburn? The tips of their ears, nose and back skin are commonly affected areas. You can purchase dog sun cream or wipes to help prevent this, especially if your dog has white or pale fur. Human sun cream that has zinc oxide in them can be harmful, so avoid using your suncream on them and purchase a dog-safe one.
2) Water safety
If your dog loves swimming and can’t resist playing in the sea, there are a few things you can do to keep them safe.
Find a calm patch of water away from sharp rocks, strong tides and large waves. If you wouldn’t be safe swimming there, neither will your dog!
Ensure their recall is 100% before letting them off lead in the water. You should keep an eye on them whenever they are in the sea, unless you want to be swimming out to retrieve them, recall is vital to prevent them from straying too far. Alternatively, you can keep them on a long leash in the water to keep control.
Doggy life jackets are also a great option. They are an extra precaution for when your dog gets tired and many of them come with a handle so you can easily grab your pup.
Where possible, prevent your dog from drinking too much salty sea water. Not only can it be dehydrating, the chance of them consuming parasites and bacteria from the water means it is also dangerous.
Before leaving, rinse your pooch off with clean water to prevent irritation from saltwater and sand.
3. Exploring the beach
If you are exploring the beach with your pup, keep an eye out for washed up sea creatures. Your dog shouldn’t roll in or attempt to eat them as they may be poisonous and it’s better to be safe than sorry if you are unsure.
Try to keep your pup away from other people when possible as they may not be comfortable with dogs, especially around their food. Don’t let your dog eat food scraps they find either as you don’t know where it has come from or how long it’s been out there for.
Dealing with Heatstroke
Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, drooling or loss of consciousness. If you are concerned that your dog may be experiencing this, lay them in a cool area, wipe cool (not freezing) water across their fur and call your vet for advice.
Here’s a brief summary of what to pack for your dog for a day at the beach. The tips and safety information is then the only thing you need to think about!
- Water bowl and plenty of fresh, clean water
- Treats for recall and entertainment
- Dog sun cream
- (Optional) dog life jacket
- Sun umbrella (or something to provide shade)
We hope you have fun! Don’t forget to tag us in your photos if you visit the beach with your borrowed pup.