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5 ways to keep your dog safe at the beach

During a steamy summer, taking your dog to the beach is a great way to cool off and enjoy quality time with them. But before you pack up and leave the house, there's some things you should know about the sand, sun and surf to make sure you and your dog bring back nothing but great memories from your day out.

Here are five ways to keep your dog safe during a summer beach getaway:

  1. Stay sun smart

    It can get hot out on the beach, so it's important to bring an umbrella so your dog always has quick, easy access to shade.

    The sun's UV rays can be especially harmful if your dog has any pink skin exposed. If they do, use a dog sunscreen to protect them from sunburn. Apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before swimming, and make sure to reapply frequently throughout the day. Important areas to focus on include the nose and ears. 
  2. Bring fresh water

    We all know our dogs love a drink, especially when they're running around. And if there's no fresh water around, your dog may be tempted to start lapping up salt water. This is a big no-no. Saltwater is bad for dogs, and can cause sickness and quick dehydration. Make sure you bring plenty of cool, fresh water and give it to your dog in a bowl regularly throughout the day. 
  3. Invest in a dog life jacket

    If your dog loves taking a dip, life jackets can help them stay safer while swimming in the ocean. These accessories are particularly useful for smaller dogs, who may be overwhelmed by big waves. That being said, even the most confident swimmers – regardless of their size – can struggle with currents and riptides. If your dog is swimming at a harbour beach or in calm waters, they may be more likely to manage without a life jacket. 
  4. Keep an eye out for hazards

    The same things that can cause you pain can also hurt your dog. So make sure to check the beach for pufferfish, jellyfish, corals, sharp rocks, glass and other potential hazards. Pufferfish are particularly deadly, so if you see one washed up on shore, make sure to keep your dog away. If your dog touches a pufferfish, please see your vet immediately.
  5. Keep an eye on your swimming dog

    It's important to remember your dog is like a toddler. You wouldn’t take your eyes off your toddler while they were swimming, and the same applies to your dog. Never turn your back on the ocean if your dog's having a swim. This is especially important to remember if you start chatting with others at the beach, or have more than one beach-loving pet with you. Unfortunately, disasters can happen in seconds, so it's vital to keep an eye on your canine swimmer to prevent any issues.

No matter the time of year, taking your dog to the beach can be one of the best ways to have some active, outdoor fun. Just keep those five tips in mind to make sure everybody stays their happy and healthy best each time you set foot on the sand.

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