beach safety for dogsOne of the greatest pastimes you can enjoy with your dog is heading to the beach for a day of running, wading, and hanging out together. Whether you choose Brooklyn Bridge Park, a day trip to Montauk, or other waterfronts, these beautiful fall days offer a lot of variety for outdoor entertainment while watching the waves come in.

Most pets (and people) enjoy our great beachfronts, and the opportunity for dog-friendly activities are many. Although your dog may be one of the most nautical canines around, there are several considerations all owners should take for everyone’s safety and fun.

To encourage beach safety for dogs, your friends at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital have a few tips to help you and your best friend enjoy the shoreline together.

Getting Ready

Before heading out, make sure your venue of choice allows pets and whether or not they permit your dog to be off-leash (if you want your dog to run). If you plan on going out for dinner or other indoor venues, make sure they allow dogs. Many places offer outdoor patios that welcome pooches.

While out and about, remember to bring lots of water, a bowl, your pet’s leash and collar with ID, and a life jacket for pups (when in the water). Don’t forget to make sure all of your vaccine and parasite protection needs are up-to-date. Give us a call if you are unsure.

7 Tips for Beach Safety for Dogs

Listening to the waves crash against the shoreline and enjoying the cool ocean breeze are the ingredients of a great autumn day. We agree. Here are some recommended precautions to ensure your day out is an awesome one:

  1. Always keep your pet leashed and with you while on walking paths, boardwalks, or any area that is on-leash only.
  2. Is your pet trained and responds to commands? Make sure this is a #1 priority before you decide to allow him to run on a beach or other open space. Try some practice runs at a local dog park, and assess how your pet responds to commands such as “come” and “drop it”.
  3. Beaches and other public parks are sadly often littered with debris such as glass, fishing hooks, and other risks for injury. Keep an eye out on where your pet is walking and invest in some good quality booties that can help protect those sensitive paws.
  4. During the summer months, sand can be scalding. Always check the temperature of the ground before allowing your pet to cross.
  5. Even when it is cool out, remember to keep your pet hydrated. Bringing fresh water and a collapsible or non-breakable bowl will also discourage your pet from being tempted to drink from puddles and ditches, which contain dangerous parasites and bacteria, as well as prevent him from ingesting salt water.
  6. Heat and cold weather safety are a definite must for our pet pals. During the warmer days, keep cool with shade breaks (often), hydration, and use a pet sunscreen (never use your own) to avoid sunburn. If your pet loves to splash in the water year-round, be aware of the signs of hypothermia. Keep him dry and warm, and avoid cold, inclement weather.
  7. Not all dogs can swim and some breeds are not well-suited for water, like brachycephalic breeds (Pugs, Boxers, etc.). Additionally, waves can sweep your pet out and away from you, so keep your pet in a shallow area where you can easily supervise, and avoid days that are windy, when the waves will be stronger.

As with any public outing, adhere to good owner etiquette, like picking up any messes. For additional questions about beach safety and having a great day along the water with your fur friend, please call Animal Kind’s team.