Who doesn't enjoy a day at the beach?
A day at the beach, soaking up the rays, making sandcastles, and riding the waves, sounds like a pretty great day! Sharing it with your canine companion, well that can make it even better. Our dogs also adore frolicking in the surf, digging in the sand and having fun in the sun. But did you know that there are several beach dangers to watch out for? Here at PAWSKIES we've compiled a list of some we think you should know.
Believe it or not, some pups have been known to eat sand while at the beach. sometimes they swallow it by accident when digging in the sand or picking up balls and toys that are or have been laying in it. Sand impaction occurs when a dog ingests enough sand to induce a blockage in the bowel. Vomiting, dehydration, and abdominal pain are signs of this dangerous disease, which requires immediate veterinarian treatment. Always watch your pup and what they are doing at all times. It's more fun that way anyway, pups are always doing the silliest things. For pups that just wont stop you could try a - no eat mask
Swimming in the ocean is fun but it can sometimes be dangerous for people and pets. Not all dogs can swim, contrary to popular perception. Pugs and Corgis, in particular, are notoriously bad swimmers. Going out of their depth is potentially harmful. Remember that even strong swimmers who eagerly paddle out to join you can find themselves getting into trouble. If your dog enjoys swimming, consider getting them a dog life jacket. Yes, they exist, and they'll keep your pet safely above water.
It's important for both you and your pet to drink plenty of fluids while in the sun. If your dog is thirsty, they may see and want to drink the salty ocean water, just like humans, they can't drink it. The salt in the water can make them more dehydrated. There are also many different bacteria and parasites in the water that can make them sick. To help avoid them trying to drink the water just make sure your dog has plenty of freshwater to drink. The Saltwater might also irritate your dog's skin, so it's crucial to give them a nice rinse after a salty dip.
Sun and Heat
A dog can quickly get heatstroke on a golden sandy beach. Remember, they have a thick fuzzy coat and they can't sweat like we do, they pant, which can cause dehydration. Excessive drooling, heavy panting, lethargy or drowsiness, wobbliness or incoordination, vomiting, and collapse are all signs of heatstroke. Sunburn can also occur in dogs, particularly on their bellies, noses, and the tips of their ears, where fur is thinner. Sunburn can raise the risk of skin cancer over time, especially in pups with pink skin. so while you are there be sure to give a shady spot like a pet shade.
Watch out for garbage and Food Litter
Remember that just because you're at the beach and watching what you might have dropped, doesn't mean others have been so vigilant. Sometimes kids accidentally drop things (like food) and your pup just might be the one to find them. Chocolate, ice cream, grapes, onions, and other hazardous foods are common beach snacks and could be hidden anywhere in the sand from a previous family of beachgoers. Sometimes others could have even accidentally left BBQ skewers or hot coals- both would be quite painful not to mention an expensive trip to the Emergency Vet
Careful of the Sea Critters
While exploring the beach, you and your dog may stumble upon sea creatures. It's important for them and your pup that they do not get too close. Be especially cautious in locations where there is a lot of jellyfish. You might even come across some stinky seaweed or maybe even other not-so-pleasant stuff washed up along the shore. Avoid allowing your dog to roll in or ingest anything of the sort.
Back To Heat Again- Watch Their PAWS
In the hot sun, the beach sand and the sidewalks can become extremely hot. Be sure to monitor the temps carefully, you can put the back of your hand on the surface to check and if it's too hot for you it's too hot for their little PAWSKIES (lol, see what we did there). Remember that if you can't walk barefoot in the sand without discomfort, your dogs can't either. To avoid the heat, take them to the beach on a cloudy day, in the early morning or even late evening. If you'd like to go during the day, just be careful and watch their feet, you can even try using booties.
Leashes & Clean Up
Remember to keep your pets leashed at all times while at the beach or in any public places where others are around. Just because we love pets doesn't mean everyone does (even though that's super sad). Also, don't ever forget that not all dogs are friendly, so you don't want your pup to meet the wrong pooch. They might be trying to socialize on their leash too. Lastly, don't forget to pick up after them when they do their business, with an earth-friendly dog waste bag of course! That would be even better. Nobody wants to step in anyone's pet's buried treasure, and nobody wants dog waste bags that don't decompose forever building up on our beautiful planet.
So, get out there and enjoy those wonderful beaches with your amazing pups. You both deserve a fun, and SAFE day at the beach.
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