Sand & surf safety for pets
If you’re like us you’re trying to squeeze in as much outdoor time before the weather cools down. Here are a few tips to make your summer to fall transition a pleasant and safe trip:
- Even though summer is almost over keep in mind even for the rest of the year theses helpful hints:
- Watch out for trash, broken bottles and anything buried in the sand. Says Dr. Radke.
- In the water, look for currents, waves, undertows and boat traffic. She adds. Don’t let your pet swim too far.
- Make sure your pet has proper identification- a microchip and or a ID tag.
- There’s typically no shade at the beach, so use natural sunscreen for your dog’s nose and ears, especially if the pet is light-colored and has a thin coat. Consider bringing a beach umbrella so he can take a break from the sun.
- Bring water from home so he doesn’t drink lake or salt water.
- Be careful that your dog doesn’t get overheated or overly tired.
- In the car on the way home, open the vents but don’t turn on the air conditioner so you can both cool down gradually.
- After a beach visit, rinse your dog with clean water to remove any sea or lake water and sand from their coat.