San Diego Mobile Pet Grooming Blog
Walking the sandy beach during the serene early mornings, splashing in the crashing waves in the afternoon, playing ball on the wet sand—the moments spent romping the shore with your favorite canine friends can be pure heaven. To keep those moments happy and carefree, you will want to make sure that you have a beach ready pup before you head out for that next adventure.
The beach is a great place to have fun, but just like for humans, it can pose a few risks for your canine family members. We at Awesome Doggies have a few important things to consider that will help keep your pup safe.
Your dog’s collar is an important tool in keeping them safe, but it can also pose a hazard in the water if not fitted correctly. If the collar is too loose, it can become caught on unseen obstructions in the water, such as a mass of seaweed, rocks, or other debris. This can cause them to be pulled under the water or prevent them from being able to get back to shore.
Remember Visible Identification
Even if your dog is microchipped, when you go to the beach they should also have a visible id tag. If you become separated, the tag can be helpful in reuniting you.
Dogs Need Sunblock, too!
Did you know that dogs can get sunburned, too? Dogs are susceptible to sunburn, just like humans, especially their ears and nose, or if they have short hair. Apply sunscreen made for dogs before you head out to the beach, and reapply if they go in the water or after several hours of play.
Even if Fido seems to have boundless amounts of energy, he still has limits. Rather than expecting a dog to know their limits, ensure that there are plenty of moments of rest and limit the time in the water. Find a nice shady spot or provide one by bringing an umbrella or canopy.
Keep Hydrated, and Do Not Drink Salt Water
Lapping up the saltwater can seem like a fun game for your furry beach buddy but it should be avoided at all costs. Not only can the water carry harmful parasites, the salt water can cause dehydration, diarrhea, and other serious health problems.
Consider Eye Protection
Dogs eyes are sensitive to glare and can also become irritated by sand or wind. You can avoid eye irritation by making them wear doggles, or goggles for dogs.
Remember Not Every Dog can, or Should, Swim
Some dogs, like pugs, can drown easily. Before letting your faithful friend take a dip, make sure they are water safe. If their physical anatomy or skill makes water unsafe, keep them on a leash and well away from the water.
Even if Your Dog is a Swimmer, Use a Life Vest
The ocean is enormous and powerful. Even the best swimmers can be overcome with its strength. Make sure that your dog wears a life vest if they are going near the water.
Practice Paw Safety
A dog’s paws are actually quite sensitive. You can help keep them safe from being cut by unseen objects by covering them with a sturdy pair of booties.
Rinse and Dry Well
After your time on the beach, be sure to rinse and dry your dog well, and rid them of the sand, salt and germs. Trapped dirt and germs can cause sickness and skin irritations, and fur that is not completely dried can start to rot and cause additional skin problems.
After a day of fun at the beach, your beloved pet will definitely want a chance to shake off the sand and salt with a bit of pampering. Contact us and let Awesome Doggies Mobile Pet Grooming get them back to ship shape!
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