Too Hot for Spot: Beach Safety Tips for You and Your Dog
Beach days can be a blast when you bring along a canine buddy, but taking a dog to the beach requires some preparation, know-how and a little common sense.
Whether your dog’s running around, jumping through waves, or just laying in the sun, it’s important to remember that anything that can harm you can harm Fido too including, sunburns, riptides, jellyfish, broken glass, sharp shells and aggressive dogs.
Here are some very important tips that will help your dog stay safe at the beach:
- Provide a shady retreat under a beach umbrella, tree or a make-shift tent.
- Bring plenty of fresh, cool water and a dog bowl.
- The sand can be scorching on sensitive paws, so offer a blanket or towel for your dog.
- Take caution with short-muzzled breeds, like pugs, Boston terriers, and shih tzus. They can overheat very quickly.
- Watch for signs of overheating. Symptoms may include: rapid panting and drooling, coordination problems, vomiting and/or diarrhea, collapse and loss of consciousness .
- Avoid Sunburns: Short-coated dogs, light-colored dogs and those with pink noses can sunburn the same way that we do.
- Keep a collar and ID tags on your dog at all times.
- Check with your vet to make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations and licenses.
Lastly, follow beach rules! Many beaches don’t allow dogs in season or during peak hours. Remember that beach rules are actually laws, and can be punishable by a fine. Check online to make sure your beach allows dogs before you go and take notice of any rules posted near the beach.
Supervise your pet as you would a child, this will ensure that he’s safe and not bothering anyone who might not enjoy the company of a dog as much as you do.
Now that you’re prepared for a beach day, go have some fun in the sun with your canine pal!
For more information about summer pet safety visit arlboston.org/summer-safety.