Summer is almost here! It's the perfect time to have a relaxing day at the beach with your fur baby. In this article, we'll let you know what to look out for and how to spend a nice time with your dog by the sea.
While going to the beach can be fun and exciting, it is important to keep in mind the dangers of the sea. It is also important to check whether or not the beach that you intend on visiting is pet-friendly. Make sure to do your research and check out your beaches so that you can ensure a stress-free visit with your dog.
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Is it safe for my dog to go out for a swim?
While dogs have made the "dog paddle" popular, surprising enough, not all dogs are good swimmers. The beach is definitely not the best place to test out whether or not your dog can swim. Start by introducing your dog to a calmer water zone such as a small pool. Do not force your dog to come into the pool to join you. It should be a positive experience for your dog.
You can also try to use a dog life vest. This helps protect your dog from drowning if it becomes tired. Life vests are also better for when your dog does eventually swim in the ocean. Keep in mind that waves can be dangerous for dogs. It is best to visit the beach when the waves are calmer and less violent.
Always keep an eye on your dog. If you see that it is getting tired, be sure to help your dog get out of the water.
Is salt water safe to drink?
You should not let your dog drink salt water. Keep some fresh water handy for your dog to drink so that it does not feel the need to drink water from the ocean.
What are some dangers to look out for?
When you are out on the beach, look out for sharp objects that your dog could accidentally step on and hurt its paws. This might be shells, pointy rocks, pieces of broken glass, or trash. It is also important to look out for creatures such as jellyfish or crabs.
If you are out at the beach on a hot, sunny day, make sure to keep your dog protected from the sun's burnings rays. It is also important to remember that the sand can be quite hot. If the sand is too hot for your feet, it is definitely too hot for your dog's paws. Humans are not the only ones who suffer from sunburns. Luckily, dog sunscreen exists. You should apply dog sunscreen to protect it at least 30 minutes before heading out to the beach.
At the end of the day, make sure to wash your dog. Dry your dog completely and pay particular attention to the ears. If they are left damp, it could lead to ear infections.
Activities with your dog
Going to the beach with your dog shouldn't be a stressful time. There are many activities and fun things that you can do with your dog. For example, you can play frisbee or take a stroll on the beach.
Most importantly, have a nice time with your dog and enjoy your day at the beach.
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Source: Gopetfriendly.com and Wag!
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