The dog days of summer are upon us! And with the Labor Day holiday weekend approaching, many of us are planning to take our dogs to the beach for some healthy fun.
Beach days can be a blast when you bring along your doggy (or three!), and proper planning can ensure that you and your pals enjoy safe fun and relaxation together in the sun, surf, and sand.
Read on for my Hot Tips on Taking your Dog to the Beach:
- Take several leashes and make sure you are aware of the rules regarding dogs off-leash at your beach. Using an extendable leash can allow your dog some freedom while maintaining control of his/her whereabouts.
- Make sure your dog has proper identification– a collar with an id tag- and/or a microchip-in the event he/she gets off-leash and lost.
- Consider a life vest for your dog– not all dogs like to swim and regardless, may not be used to ocean waves and currents. A life vest with a handle on it can make it easier for you to manage your dog in the water.
- Bring plenty of water for your dog to drink. Depending on the time of day and activity level, your dog may get dehydrated. Freshwater for drinking (bring a bowl or cup with you) is essential and may prevent your pooch from drinking too much saltwater which can be harmful.
- Pack the sunscreen! Your dog can get sunburned too! And especially if she/he has a light-colored coat. Baby sunscreen and or sunscreen made for dogs works well around the nose, ears, belly and groin areas where the skin is especially exposed.
- Watch out for possible dangers in the sand: things like broken glass, rocks, hooks, coral, and garbage can pose a danger to your dog if stepped on or ingested.
- Rinse saltwater and sand out of your dog’s coat under a shower or outdoor hose once home from the beach! Saltwater can be drying to the skin and can lead to intense itching and scratching if not rinsed off.
Most importantly! Have FUN!
With a small amount of preparation and a healthy dose of prevention, you and your K9 crew can enjoy the best beach day ever!