The beach is a great place to share with our dogs. It provides many benefits: they can run in large spaces, swim and play. To fully enjoy a day at the beach with our furry friends we must recognize the potential dangers to be able to avoid them:
As our dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws, we must consider the high temperatures we normally reach in coastal areas during the summer. It doesn’t matter if the summer breeze makes the temperature nicer. You must look for a shaded area and provide you dog abundant fresh water to prevent heat stroke, as well as avoid the hours of maximum heat.
2. First contact with the water and swimming
Do not assume your dog is by nature a great swimmer. It will depend on their morphology and their innate capacity to do so. Make sure the first baths are shallow and without waves or currents so that early experiences are favorable. A toy can help them overcome the fear of the first bath, as well as a vest life.
3. The water of the sea
Make sure that your dog will not drink the water of the sea. It may contain bacteria and pollutants that they can make it sick. To have fresh water for them to drink will satisfy their interest in the sea water.
Also, do not forget to remove the sea saltpeter from the dog’s body after the bath with abundant fresh water since. It can irritate their skin.
4. The hot sand
The sun warms the sand as they pass the hours of the day. If we notice the sand burns our feet, dogs will suffer burns on their pads. Avoid taking them to the beach at hotter times of the day.
Certain sea conditions predispose the presence of unpleasant animals on our shores. Dogs are naturally curious and like to explore. The poison of tentacles jellyfish can cause itching.
The sun can also cause burns on the skin of dogs. The races of short hair or white hair and pink skin are more predisposed to burns. There are specific protective sun creams for dogs, also thin t-shirts to protect them.
Swim and run through the sand and under the summer sun means greater muscular effort and increase body temperature. Be especially careful to avoid a possible heatstroke.
8. Ingestion of sand
Some dogs, when collecting objects in the sand, swallow balls of sand that may predispose to some gastrointestinal disorders.
If you are going with your dog to beaches frequented by fishermen, watch discarded hooks. They can easily penetrate in their legs, as well as its bright color can tempt the dog to swallow them. Consequences can be devastating.
10. Foreign bodies
The beach, as any public place frequented by large number of people, can hold remains of food, waste garbage, beach toys… which can tempt our pets to ingest.