Vet's Advice: July 2018

June 29 2018

What should I think about before I take my dog to the beach?

A day at the beach is a great opportunity to have some fun with your dog and thankfully, there are plenty of dog-friendly beaches in the South West for us all to enjoy! Plan your perfect family day out with these top tips for visiting the beach.

 

Beach Restrictions

Before you load up the car and head off to the seaside, check to see if there are any restrictions for allowing dogs on the beach. Sometimes during the busy summer months, popular locations do not allow dogs; however there are usually areas of a beach cordoned off for dogs or smaller nearby dog-friendly beaches to enjoy. You can usually check online to see what restrictions apply or visit www.thebeachguide.co.uk/dog-friendly for some ideas.

 

Swimming

Dogs are usually a lot more willing to brave the chilly British waters than us, but make sure the sea is safe enough for your dog to swim. Tides and currents can be very strong and although dogs instinctively know to paddle, you may discover that they are not an expert swimmer! Remember to rinse the sea water from your dog after swimming as the salt may irritate their skin when dry.

 

Keep them safe

Be sure to provide them with plenty of shade and fresh water throughout the day. It may also be worth bringing toys to distract them from picking up beach debris or seaweed that could be toxic to your dog. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all!

 

Pick it up

Don’t ruin it for other owners and make sure you pick up after your dog. If it is a dog friendly beach, there will probably be plenty of bins around for you to dispose of your poo bags. If you don’t abide to the rules, then it may influence a future decision to no longer allow dogs on that beach.

If you would like any more information about looking after your pets in the summer please do not hesitate to call us at Longwell Green Veterinary Centre on 0117 932 3660.