Make a splash before summer ends!

Make a splash before summer ends!

Taking a much needed beach day with your furry family member can be a wonderful memorable bonding experience. Here are some tips to make your trip go smoothly.

  • Plan ahead know where you are going and the nearest veterinary emergency clinic to that beach
    • Just like with humans anything can happen, a dog can get stung by a jelly fish or sting ray, or scrape a paw on a sharp shell or glass
  • Not all dogs can swim! Never force or throw a pet into the water
  • Drinking saltwater can cause problems (such as diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration)
    • Bring plenty of fresh cool water for your pet
    • If your pet continues to drink salt water, remove them from the oceans and minimize time spent in the water
  • Dog life vests are available for purchase
    • If your dog has never been swimming or likes to swim in deep water, a life vest is a must have.
  • Pet’s hate sunburns too.
    • If your dog is light coated he/she is more at risk for a sun burn, but even dark coated pets can feel the burn
    • Pet safe sunscreen is available and should be used.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings.
    • Jet skis, surfers, etc. can be scary and dangerous for swimming dogs
  • Shade is cool.
    • Always have shade available for your pet for example, a beach umbrella
    • Force your pet to take breaks and cool down
  • Small dogs and large birds can be scary.
    • Keep small dogs close or on a lead, there are large birds of prey in wide open spaces
  • Rinse off with fresh water before going home so the dog doesn’t lick the salt water and sand from its coat.
  • Dogs can be weekend warriors too.
    • To prevent extra fatigue or pain limit activity or be consistent
    • Remember sand is hard to walk in and added strain can cause your pet aches and pains the next day.

Enjoy your much deserved beach day with your pet!

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