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Beach Safety Tips for Fido

Are you planning to hit the beach this summer? If so, will you be bringing your dog along? Many of our canine pals really enjoy going to the shore. Fido can make a great beach buddy. Just be sure to put your pet’s health and safety first when headed for the sea. Below, a Temecula, CA vet discusses beach safety for dogs.

Basics

Always do your research, and choose dog-friendly beaches. If your canine friend likes swimming, make sure he has a life vest, and don’t let him out of your sight. Keep Fido away from areas with strong currents, high waves, or choppy water, and places where boats and watercraft are creating a lot of wakes. If you tend to doze off in the sun, keep your pet on a leash while you’re sunbathing. You don’t want to wake up and find that Fido is missing!

Training

Doggy obedience training is very important, not just for petiquette, but for safety. Make sure Fido knows basic commands like Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down. Leave it is another good one.

Heat

Dogs can overheat quickly running around at the beach. Bring plenty of water for Fido. (Tip: collapsible doggy dishes are great for the beach.) Also, watch for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting. If Fido seems too hot, immediately give him plenty of water, take steps to cool him down, and call your vet.

Paw Care

Have you ever burned your feet walking on hot sand? Ouch! If it’s too hot for you to go barefoot, it’s too hot for Fido. Use paw balm or wax to protect those furry feet. Your canine buddy’s paws will be especially delicate after he’s been swimming, so keep him on soft ground when he gets out of the water. Sand can also hide dangerous items, like sharp shells or broken glass, so do a paw check before leaving.

Heading Home

Remember to pick up after your pooch! Before heading home, rinse Fido off to get the salt and sand out of his fur. To make the day extra fun for your pup, offer him a yummy frozen treat when you get home. Doggy ice cream or pupsicles are bound to get that cute tail wagging!

Call us, your Temecula, CA animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health. We’re here to help!

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