Splashing in the waves at the beach is a great summer activity for dogs in the summer heat of Pensacola. To ensure you and your dog have a fun and safe time, there are some precautions you should take when you visit the beach with your dog.
Dogs can overheat quickly in the summer heat, so it’s important to find an area with shade and bring plenty of fresh water to keep your pet hydrated in the sun. Additionally, pay close attention to signs that your pet might be overheating, dehydrating, and developing heatstroke such as:
If your dog exhibits signs of heatstroke, immediately seek emergency veterinary care.
Before you take to the beach with your dog, make sure you are both welcome. Not all beaches allow dogs, and you don’t want to incur a fine when you could have checked the rules and then simply visited a different beach that does allow dogs.
Dogs are susceptible to sunburn on the skin beneath their coats. Don’t trim your dog’s hair shorter than one inch and use a dog-safe sunscreen to protect your pup’s skin at the beach.
Too much salt is toxic for dogs, and drinking too much ocean water can lead to salt poisoning. Bring fresh water to the beach for your dog to drink and keep a close eye on them to make sure they aren’t drinking ocean water.
Rough waves, dangerous currents, jellyfish, or stingrays can all make the ocean dangerous for your pet. Pay close attention to water condition notices or talk with a lifeguard before jumping in with your pet.
At Olive Branch Pet Hospital, we have everything you need to keep your pet safe, secure, and healthy this summer including vaccinations, parasite prevention, and pet microchips. To learn more about summer beach safety for pets or to schedule a wellness exam for your dog or cat, we welcome you to contact our veterinary hospital in Pensacola today.