Summer is jus t around the corner! Many people are looking forward to spending time at the beach over the next few months. Our canine pals also enjoy going to the shore. Just put Fido’s safety first. In this article, a Westminster, MD local vet, offers some tips on taking Fido to the beach.
B each Bag
You’ll want to get a doggy bag ready for your canine companion. Fido will need water, towels, a tie line and beach stake, a first-aid kit, an umbrella, collapsible dishes, paw balm, and, of course, treats.
Choose a Pet-Friendly Spot
Pick a beach that is pet-friendly. These are often safer for dogs than other beaches. They may have gentler slopes, and more protection from wakes and strong currents.
Man’s Best Bud can get hot and tired very quickly at the beach. Bring plenty of water for Fido! It’s not a bad idea to bring a small cooler with ice in it as well.
Fido’s cute toe beans get very delicate when they’re wet. Your cute pet could get painful blisters from running around on hot sand after going swimming. He could also cut his paws on sharp shells or rocks, or broken glass. Use paw balm or wax to protect those furry feet.
Keep a close eye on your furry friend! Fido will be over his head in just a few feet of water, and he can get into trouble very quickly. Never leave a dog unattended, even just for a minute.
Try to take Fido to the beach in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out. Also, keep a close eye on your pup. Watch for things like panting, lethargy, trembling, a warm back, and discolored gums. If you see any of these signs, immediately give him water, get him to a cool area, and call your vet.
Don’t take your four-legged friend to the beach unless he obeys basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, and Come . Fido should also be microchipped, wearing ID tags, vaccinated, and current on his parasite control.
Your canine buddy may need sunscreen, particularly if he has pale or thin fur. You may also want to rinse him off before you head home, to get the salt and sand out of his coat.
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