Think Twice Before You Use Anymore Plastic Dog Poop Bags!
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Most dog owners answer "plastic dog poop bag" when they are asked how they get rid of their dog's poop. Although using plastic has become a matter of great concern in recent years; still, plastic bags (either for shopping or to clear dog poop) are used by most of the world's population. The awareness of the importance of using bio-degradable dog poop bags (and shopping bags) is increasing day by day, and almost 68 countries in the world have banned plastic bags. Many other countries are on the way to banning it.
As a Dog owner, you may be of the opinion that it's okay to use one poop bag daily (or 3-4 poop bags weekly), and it doesn't make a lot of difference. However, the actual scenario is not that pleasant. You may be familiar with the figures that there are more than 7 million dogs in Canada but will be surprised to know that these 7 million dogs produce approximately 2.5 million Kg poop daily. This means tons of plastic (in the shape of dog poop bags) is used daily. So if you divert to alternatives, it will surely matter a lot.
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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