Keeping Your Dog Safe at the Beach
Tips for keeping your dog safe when walking at the beach.
- Keeping Your Dog Safe at the Beach
Keeping Your Dog Safe at the BeachThe Dog Blog General Posts 27.04.2019
Heading to the beach can be an exciting experience for your dog, given the numerous aspects they will encounter. From running across the sand, to dipping their paws into the sea, your canine companion will have a lot of fun. However, as ever on your dog-walking adventures, it is important to consider some of the potential problems which may occur, which we cover below.
Your dog’s ability to cope with heat is not at the same standard as your own. Dogs do not sweat as much, meaning they must rely on panting to keep cool in the heat. Panting however isn’t all that efficient, particularly when there is high temperatures, high humidity, or over-exhaustion. Being unable to cool quickly and effectively can have the potential of causing heatstroke.
Beaches offer a great opportunity for your dog to get some exercise, with a great area to run in. Dogs themselves may not always have the ability to know when they need to keep it calm and rest from all this activity, so you need to be ensuring that after any particularly long stint of exercise, your dog is encouraged to relax for a period of time in a shaded area. Keep a close eye on your dog and you will know when this calming time is required.
The most effective way of keeping your dog cool and preventing heatstroke is to keep your dog in a shady area with lots of water. If you are out-and-about ensure you always have a plentiful supply of water for your canine companion to drink.
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Dogs with lighter and white areas on their bodies, including the ears and coats, have an increased chance of developing sunburn. To tackle this, keep your dog in the shade as much as possible, and use a sun lotion recommended by a vet. Don’t use human lotions, which can be toxic to your dog if (as is likely, depending on your dog) it could be licked off!
Sand, like pavements and roads, can be incredibly hot during particularly sunny days, especially once it hits mid-afternoon. A dog’s paws are sensitive, and the paw pads can easily burn. Try to avoid them walking on anything too hot (using the back of your hand to test the temperature of a surface works well) and try to keep your dog to any grass verges or similar, if possible.
Sand can also cause a problem if it gets into your dog’s eyes, particularly if they are frequently rolling about in it. If this happens, use some bottled water to flush the eye. If problems persist when you are back from the beach, seek a vet for assistance, as the sand may have damaged the eye area in some way.
Eating and Drinking
Obviously, all dogs are a little different, however some will be more inclined to eat and drink a lot of things they happen upon than others. A beach can contain many items you may not be used to looking out for, which may be appealing for your dog to eat. From seaweed, to shells, sea-creatures or stones – keep an eye on where your dog is and stop them from eating anything they come across.
Equally, drinking sea water is a big no. It can cause sickness in your dog, as it not only contains bacteria, but also a high salt content. A good counter measure to this, is to ensure your dog is always well-hydrated with your bottled water.
The sea can be inviting – for both you and your dog. But to keep it safe, keep as best you can to the shore area, without letting them go in too deep.
As ever, and in all circumstances, if you are unsure in any way about your dog’s health and/or behaviour, seek the advice of a vet, as for both you and your dog it is better to be safe than sorry!