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Taking Fido to The Beach

Are you planning to hit the beach this summer? If so, your canine friend may be more than happy to accompany you. Dogs can make absolutely wonderful beach buddies. The seashore can be a dangerous place for Fido, however, so you’ll want to take some precautions to keep your furry pal happy and healthy. Below, a Poway, CA veterinarian discusses beach safety tips for dogs.

Swimming

In many places, Fido only has to go a short distance out before the water is over his head. Your pet can easily get swept into a current, or get tired out. Keep a close eye on your four-legged buddy, and don’t let him swim in areas with heavy currents or a lot of wakes.

Basic Petiquette

Before taking Fido to the ocean with you, make sure that he knows basic doggy obedience. The five most crucial commands are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.

Heat

Going to the beach is a great way to spend a sunny summer day, but that California sunshine can be very dangerous for Man’s Best Friend. Dogs can easily get overexerted by running around at the beach. Make sure to bring plenty of water for your furry friend, and watch closely for signs that he may be getting too hot. Panting, drooling, and lethargy are a few red flags to watch for. If your four-legged beach buddy shows any of these symptoms, immediately give him water, then take him to a cool area and call your vet.

Paw Care

If you’ve ever stepped barefoot onto hot sand, you know it isn’t very fun. This is just as painful for dogs as it is for us! Keep Fido on soft ground as much as possible, and use paw wax to protect those furry feet. This is especially important after your dog has been swimming: your four-legged pal’s paws will be extra delicate when they’re wet.

Fur

Did you know that dogs can get sunburns? Pooches with pale and/or thin fur are especially at risk. Ask your vet for advice on using sunscreen. You’ll also want to rinse Fido off before leaving to get the salt and sand out of his fur.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Poway, CA animal hospital! We are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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