22 January 2014 | Life with your best friend

Your dog at the beach

Taking your dog to the beach can be a great way to spend a beautiful summer day. However, as a responsible dog owner there are certain precautions you should take:

  • Make sure there is enough fresh water and shade for your dog.
  • Although ocean water is tempting to your dog, do not allow him to drink too much seawater. The salt in the water will make him sick.
  • Dogs can get sunburn, especially dogs with short hair and ones with pink skin and white hair. Limit your dog’s exposure when the sun is unusually strong, and apply doggy sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Check with the lifeguard for water conditions – such as jellyfish and sea lice – as dogs are easy targets.
  • If your dog is unfit, don’t encourage him to run on the sand. Running on a beach is strenuous exercise, and a dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament.
  • Salt and other minerals found in the ocean can damage your dog’s coat. So, when you are ready to leave for the day, rinse him off with fresh water.
  • Don’t forget to take a plastic packet in case your dog decides to do his business on the sand.

Check local rules before you begin your trip to the beach. Not all beaches permit dogs, or dogs might be allowed but have to remain on a leash.

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