Taking Your Dog To The Beach? Follow These 5 Precautions

  • 03/10/2019

So, are you excited for the next much-awaited trip to the beach with your favorite buddy in the world? We mean your dog of course. Your baby’s first visit to the beach can be quite the experience. But, if you fail to take certain precautions, it could easily turn into a nightmare. To avoid just that from happening we compiled a list of some must-follow precautions for you to take.

Read them carefully -

Beware of other dogs

Some dog-friendly beaches will have other dogs playing off-leash. If your pooch is not the most social creature; he might find himself surrounded with other cheerful and possibly aggressive dogs which, to him/her - can seem like attacking. Keep your dog’s temperament in mind and accordingly choose a secluded/playful beach.

Ensure regular hydration and shade

While shopping for your favorite dog apparel, grab an ice-packed cooler too in which you can store a water bottle and a cooling pad. Carry at least gallon water. Keep the bowl filled with water and place it in a shaded area. Be sure to limit your dog’s exposure to the sun and offer water at regular intervals to avoid excessive panting.

Use a Long Leash

This one is mega important. Long leashes (at least 10-foot) will act as a harness and keep your dog within safe distance when going for long beach walks. Of course, safety equipment ensures safe swimming, but with a long leash, you will be able to pull him/her back if he/she swims far too far away and the waves get rough.

Beware of hot sand

Hot sand can be rather painful - I think we can all agree. If you are not careful enough, it can get too hot for your dog. Unfortunately, he or she can’t exactly complain and let you know. So, it’s your responsibility. Take your dog to a wet sandy area to avoid paw burns. Place rubber booties on his paws until you both have reached a shaded lounging spot.

Bring a sunscreen

That’s right. Sunscreen is not just for humans. Several short-coated breeds and even shaved dogs need sunscreen while on the beach. Be sure to buy at least SPF-30 and a chemical-free product. Read all the instructions carefully before applying. For dogs who love to swim, apply waterproof sunscreen for protection. Remember - paws, nose, and tips are the areas that will demand a liberal application of sunscreen.

Now that you know key things to take care of, you are sure to have a fun time at the beach. Happy beach-ing!

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