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Taking Fido to the Beach

June 15, 2021

Do you plan to hit the shore this summer? If so, you may want to take your canine companion with you. Many pups love visiting splashing around in the surf! Just be sure to put Fido’s safety first. The beach can be a dangerous place for dogs! A Roanoke, VA vet offers some tips on taking your pup to the coast below.


 Precautions

Before taking Fido to the beach, make sure he’s been fixed and microchipped, and is current on vaccines and parasite control. He should also be wearing ID tags.


Timing

Try not to hit the beach in the middle of the day, when it’s hottest. Go in the mornings and evenings, when it’s a little cooler. Also, if possible, choose times when the beach isn’t too crowded.


Location

Only take Fido to dog-friendly beaches. These often have shallower slopes and lighter currents than regular beaches.


Paw Care

Paw care is a huge concern in summer. Your pooch can burn his feet on hot sand or tar, or cut them on sharp rocks or shells. Paw balm or wax will help protect those cute toe beans. Fido’s paws are particularly delicate when they’re wet, so be extra careful after he’s been swimming. 


Heat

Your canine pal will probably do a lot of running around. Fido can get very hot in a very short time! The biggest thing is to make sure he has lots of water. It’s also important to keep a close eye on your furry buddy, and look for signs of overheating. Panting is often the first thing you’ll notice. Other red flags include trembling, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, dark or reduced urine, a warm back, discolored gums, and lethargy. If you see any of these warning signs, immediately give your pet water, get him out of the sun, and contact your vet.


Coat

Your pooch will probably end up with salt and sand in his coat if he plays in the water. Rinse him off before you head for home. You may need to brush him later.


Beach Bag

Your four-legged friend should have his own beach bag. Some things you’ll want to include are towels, collapsible bowls, a first-aid kit, an umbrella, water, a tie line, waste baggies, and paw balm. Fido may also appreciate a cooling vest.


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