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Packing Your Dog’s Beach Bag

Are you planning to hit the beach this summer? Your canine pal may be more than happy to accompany you. This is a perfect time to pack Fido’s beach bag! Here, a Murrieta, CA vet offers some tips on what to pack for your pooch.

Water

Dogs can get hot and thirsty very, very quickly at the beach. That combination of salt water, sun, and wind are a recipe for doggy dehydration! Bring at least a gallon of water with you. You may want to get collapsible plastic bowls, which are lightweight and easy to carry.

Towel

Fido will be more comfortable relaxing on a soft towel. Plus, putting his bowl on the towel will help keep the water from getting sandy.

Sunscreen

Just like people, dogs can get sunburns, usually on their ears and noses. Pups with thin or pale fur are at particular risk. Get Fido a good pet sunscreen!

Umbrella

Giving your canine buddy some shade of his own will help keep him cool. A regular beach umbrella will work, but you can also get Fido a cute dog-themed one. You may have noticed that they now make umbrellas you can clip onto your dog, as well as upside-down ones you can hold over him. These are really meant for rainstorms, not for going to the beach. However, you can get your pup a pet canopy.

Toys

No doggy beach bag is complete without some fun toys! Fido may have the time of his life chasing a ball or Frisbee at the shore. Just choose durable, waterproof objects.

Leash

A long leash is often a good option for the beach. You may also want to bring a tie-out line.

Lifejacket

We also recommend bringing a doggy lifejacket along. Better safe than sorry!

First-Aid Kit

It’s always better to have a kit and not need it than to need one and not have it. Start with a regular first-aid kit, and include things like tweezers, non-stick gauze, styptic powder, cotton balls, peroxide, and ammonia.

Paw Balm

A good paw balm will help protect Fido’s furry feet from the hot sand. Remember to watch for sharp rocks, broken glass, and shells!

Waste Baggies

Help keep our beautiful beaches clean! Bring a scooper and plenty of waste baggies.

Please contact us, your local Murrieta, CA vet clinic, for all of your pup’s veterinary care needs.

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