Summer is the time for a beach holiday. Many dog owners prefer to visit the beach with their pet. There he will be able to cool down pleasantly in the water, and will not miss the owner. When visiting the beach together, you will have to follow certain rules and provide for certain points.
Can I visit the beach with a dog?
Before you go to the beach with your pet, make sure that you can get there. As a rule, it is forbidden to go to sea resorts with a dog on the beach, but there are places specially designed for recreation with animals. If there is no forbidding sign at the entrance, then there is no formal prohibition. But remember that there may be people around you who oppose such a neighborhood. It is better not to come into conflict with them in order to avoid an administrative fine. The danger for the dog is also represented by those who love four – legged animals-they can treat you to something illegal.
To avoid conflict with others, follow these recommendations:
- choose wild beaches to relax by the water with your dog;
- come early in the morning or late at night when there are few people;
- be sure to bring a leash and a muzzle, a bag for cleaning the dog.
Remember, the owner is responsible if his dog has harmed someone in a public place.
Watch out for the sun!
The worst thing for a dog on the beach is overheating. To avoid this unpleasant phenomenon, do not allow her to run in the sun and lie not in the shade. If there is no natural shade, use an umbrella. Another technique that dog breeders use as a prevention of overheating is a wet bandage on the dog’s neck. Prevention of heat stroke – trips to the beach in the morning and evening.
The sun’s rays are especially dangerous for decorative and short-haired dog breeds. Hairless representatives of canines risk getting sunburn. Therefore, put sunscreen in your beach bag.
It is useful for every dog owner to know the main symptoms of overheating:
- shortness of breath;
- saliva flows profusely;
- the nose is dry and hot;
- wide-eyed, glassy-eyed.
With severe overheating, the dog vomits, convulsions, diarrhea appear. Therefore, you should not spend a lot of time on the beach in extreme heat – no more than 2-3 hours. Remember that the older the dog, the more difficult it is to tolerate hot weather.
Swimming is good for dogs – thanks to it, muscles get stronger, endurance develops, and immunity increases. But if a four-legged friend refuses to go into the water out of fear, then you do not need to force him. You can only offer to learn to swim. Avoid sudden movements and do not act violently, so that the dog does not lose the desire to go into the water. The pet may be afraid when it feels that it has lost its support under the paws, so do not bring it into the water to let it go. Choose a day when there are no waves on the sea, and start with games in shallow water – throw objects into the water and ask them to bring. The dog will not notice how it starts to go deep enough into the sea and get used to the water. Then the instinct will work, and the dog will swim.
Not all dogs are natural swimmers. Do not let your pet swim in strong waves. A small wave of the sea is already dangerous, even for trained dogs.
Dogs can not dive because of the danger of water getting into their ears. This is fraught with the development of otitis media, which can become chronic. If the dog likes to dive, then either wipe his ears carefully, or plug them during the swims.
Owners of dogs with short legs and fragile physique should remember that their Pets are physiologically unable to swim. This applies to pugs, Pekingese, representatives of decorative breeds. These dogs should be bathed with caution, and also protect from hypothermia and fatigue.
Follow a few basic prohibitions so that the dog does not get sick after going to the beach:
- do not enter the water at a temperature below 18-20°C;
- do not swim after eating and hot in the sun;
- do not drink sea water;
- do not swim for longer than 10-15 minutes at a time.
After bathing, the dog should be soaked with a towel and allowed to dry in the shade, but in the absence of wind.
Hygiene after the beach
Frequent bathing in sea water, of course, is pleasant and useful for the dog’s muscles. However, salt water harms the skin by eating away at the top layer of the epidermis. When you get home, be sure to go to the bathroom:
- wash the dog with running water and rinse thoroughly;
- dry the wool with a well-absorbent towel. This way you will avoid the unpleasant smell of a dog swimming in the sea.
When visiting wild beaches, make sure that there are no wounds on the dog’s paws from stones, shells or debris hidden in the sand. You may not immediately notice that the pet was injured, and this is fraught with the development of serious inflammation. If you prefer a pebbly beach to a sandy one, then at the same time save yourself from cleaning the house – the pet will not put sand there.
Also, the dog needs to wipe his ears after bathing, so that the stagnant water in them does not cause otitis media.
The most serious consequence of visiting the beach is that the dog eats sand. In severe cases, with vomiting and indigestion, you can not do without visiting a veterinary clinic for gastric lavage.
Relaxing with a dog on the beach is a fun activity. It is only necessary to take care of the safety of the pet, then it is not in danger of overheating or injury. The main thing is not to cause inconvenience to other vacationers.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.