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Sun, Sand & Surf: Pet Beach Safety

Sun, Sand & Surf: Pet Beach Safety

Warm weather has arrived and so have those perfect, Jersey Shore beach days! If your dog loves a trip to the beach just as much as you do, here are some things to keep in mind for your next visit.

Safe in the Sun

Both dogs and cats have few sweat glands, and their body temperatures can quickly rise to a dangerous level if they are left in the heat with no way to cool off. A pet with heat stroke requires prompt treatment, so you must be able to recognize the following signs:

• Body temperature above 103°F
• Excessive panting
• Dry or sticky tongue or gums
• Dark or bright red tongue or gums
• Staggering or stumbling when trying to walk
• Seizures
• Unresponsiveness

Safe in the Sand

Sand can heat up to dangerous temperatures, causing burns to your dog’s paw pads. Avoid having your pet walk on hot sand, and monitor your pet’s paw pads for blisters and swelling, as well as for cuts that may come from walking on shells and broken glass.

Safe in the Surf

Many dogs love to swim, but some tire more easily than others. Make sure your pet wears a life jacket made specifically for animals.

Other important reminders:

  • Be familiar with your favorite beach’s rules, regulations, and leash laws.
  • Make sure your dog is fully vaccinated and on heartworm, flea and tick preventative.
  • Your dog should be obedient and friendly towards other dogs and humans in public spaces.
  • Be aware of your dog’s tolerance to exercise water, and heat. 
  • Certain factors may cause more risk:
    -Age (young puppies, senior dogs)
    -Breed (short muzzled dogs like Bulldogs, Boxers, Boston Terriers, etc. can overheat quickly)

For additional Beach Safety Tips, click here to view our Sun, Sand, Surf infographic.

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