7 Beach Safety Tips Every Dog Owner Should Know!
25 July, 2017
The beach is a great way to cool off this summer. And, what better way to enjoy the beach than to bring your dogs with you. Of course, not all beaches allow dogs to join in the fun, but if they do, there are many things to keep in mind. Below are seven important safety tips that every dog owner should know when at the beach with your dogs.
1. Watch out for heat stroke
Watch out for heat stroke. Dogs don’t tolerate heat as well as we humans do. Unlike us, dogs do not perspire much (other than a tiny bit from their paw pads), so they rely on panting as their means of keeping cool. But panting is not efficient when there is high humidity, physical over-exhaustion, and high temperatures. Generally, if the temperature outside is hotter than the dog’s internal temperature, panting will not help the dog cool off. Red the signs and prevention of heat stroke.
2. Don’t overexert your dogs at the beach
Dogs have a blast on the beach and their favorite activities include running back and forth and sometimes swimming. Most dogs, when they are tired, will retreat to a shaded area to cool off. If your dog is overdoing it, allow him to relax for a while in a shady area. Dogs can even overheat when in the water, especially when the water temperatures are over 70 degrees.
3. Always have water handy
Bring some cold water bottles and make sure your dog stays hydrated. Give your dog a few sips throughout the day. Even though it doesn’t feel as hot at the beach, your dog will still be thirsty. And, hopefully not drink the salt water since cold water isn’t available.
4. Prevent sunburn on your pups
Dogs with white muzzles, white ears or have very light-colored coats have a higher tendency to develop sunburn. Avoid using human suntan lotions because they contain chemicals that may be toxic if licked off. If you have a white dog, keep him in the shade or use a veterinarian-approved sun lotion.
5. Make sure your dog doesn’t get sand in his or her eyes
Dogs love to roll around in the sand, so it’s easy for sand granules to get into their eyes and cause pain, weeping, and redness. If this happens, flush the eye with some water (another reason to have water on hand). If problems continue, the eye should be seen by the veterinarian.
6. Don’t allow your dogs to eat shells, stones or even sand
Eating shells, stones or sand in large chunks or swallowing them whole can potentially lead to choking and intestinal blockages. These items can also cause injury as they pass through the gastro-intestinal system. Keep an eye on your pup and also watch out for things like fish hooks, algae, or anything else your dog might ingest.
7. Don’t let your dog drink the salt water
Drinking a lot of salt water may cause sickness because ocean water contains bacteria. And the salt water content can throw off your dog’s electrolytes balance and cause nausea and vomiting.
In some cases, when too much water is consumed, the dog’s sodium levels may rise. This causes severe dehydration and even death. Too much salt water may also lead to a case of beach diarrhea. There is also something called Water Intoxication which can be very harmful to dogs.
8. Make sure your dog knows how to swim before letting him go in the water
Some dogs may be naturally great swimmers, while others have a harder time. If you know your dog can swim, make sure to keep an eye on your pup the whole time. If you aren’t sure, just try to keep your dog near the shore or don’t allow your dog to go into the water fully.
Of course you can still have a great time at the beach with your dog. As always, it’s better to be safe and aware of your dog’s surrounding.