“Summer means happy times and good sunshine.” At least, that’s what Beach Boy Brian Wilson has to say about it. We really can’t argue. The next few months are perfect for enjoying seasonal activities, like grilling, swimming, and going to the beach. Many of our canine pals also love going to the shore. Just put Fido’s safety first. A local Roanoke, VA vet offers some beach safety tips in this article.
You’ll need to bring a beach bag for your furry friend. Aside from water, Fido will also need a towel, collapsible dishes, sunscreen, a first aid kit, pet-safe sunscreen, a few treats, and waste baggies. You may also want to get a sand-durable tie and stake.
Those furry feet will need some attention. Fido can get burns or blisters very quickly from walking or running on hot surfaces. The danger is increased when his paws are wet, as they’ll be extra delicate. Sharp rocks and shells can also cause paw injuries. Booties are a great option, though of course not all dogs will tolerate them. If your pup doesn’t want to wear footwear, use paw balm to protect his toe beans, and keep him on cooler surfaces, like grass, as much as you can.
One of the biggest hazards of taking Fido to the shore is the risk of him overheating. It’s usually hottest in the middle of the day. Keep your pooch at home if you’re going during that period. Take your furry pal in the morning or evening, when it’s cooler. You may also want to consider getting your canine companion a cooling pad or vest.
Keep a close eye out for signs that your pooch is getting too hot. Heavy panting is the first red flag you’ll probably notice. Other things to watch for include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, disorientation, restlessness, discolored gums, and dark or decreased urine. If you see any of these things, immediately give Fido water, take him to a cool spot, and contact your vet.
Swimming can be a great way for Fido to not just cool off, but also get a good workout. However, wading is a much safer option at beaches. Play it safe, and keep a doggy lifejacket on your four-legged friend.
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