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