Beach Days with Your Furry Best Friend: 9 Summer Safety Tips

There’s nothing better than a beach day with our precious pooch by our side. If you are looking forward to some fun days spent in the sun this summer, then make sure this read this guide on sun safety at the beach with your dog.

Summertime means making memories in the sunshine and, if you’re one of the lucky ones going away this holiday, then it also means spending some well-deserved chill time on the beach. So, why not bring your furry member of the family with you?

Beach holidays give you plenty of time to spend relaxing in the sand, splashing in the sea and making memories (and snapping some insta-worthy pictures) with your dog. Because we want to ensure your holiday is as safe and as fun, as it can be, make sure you check out our top tips on bringing your dog to the beach.

How to have the best beach day with your fluffy companion

1.     Pick a dog-friendly beach

The first thing you need to do is to make sure the beach is dog friendly. Some beaches do not allow pets. Have a look at this article on pet-friendly beaches in South Africa.

Read also: The Best Pet Friendly Accommodation in South Africa

2.     Make sure your dog can swim

This is not something many pet parents will take into consideration. You need to bear in mind that not all dogs will take to water as easily as you may think and you should never just throw your dog into the water to find out if he can swim or not.

It’s a good idea to chat with your vet about how to know if your dog can swim or not and how to teach him to swim. Check out this blog on teaching your furry bestie how to swim.

3.     Keep an eye out for other dogs

When taking your dog to a public place where there are other dogs is that you need to remain calm at all times. Our pets pick up on our emotions and if you are going to panic every time another dog gets close to your precious Fluffy, then sorry to say, but this will turn into anxiety-filled day at the beach for both you and your dog. Remain calm and relaxed when other dogs come by to say hello.

4.     Watch out for any dangerous objects

Be aware of any items that might be hidden in the beach sand. Things like hooks, coral and broken glass can be dangerous to your dog.

5.     Don’t forget to pick up the poop

There’s probably nothing worse than spending a day at the beach, perhaps you’re on a romantic beach stroll with your partner when suddenly you step on something warm and mushy.

Yup. You’ve stepped in dog poop.

Be a responsible pet parent and don’t ruin other people’s days at the beach by picking up your pup’s poop. Bring along some poop bags to the beach and be sure to watch out for when your dog does his business and clean up after him.

6.     Be careful of hot sand

You might already know about the dangers of walking on hot pavements with your dog, but you also need to take hot sand into consideration at the beach. If the sand is too hot for you to walk on, then it’s too hot for your dog.

Carry your dog to shade or wet sand to prevent burnt paws. There are also special rubber booties you can get for your dog for situations like these. Make sure you frequently check your dog’s paws for burns or irritations.

7.     Set up a spot with shade and water

Your dog will need plenty of shade (and so will you!) so make sure you pack a large umbrella and a frozen food stuffed Kong for your dog. Bring at least 2 litres of cold water and a bowl. If your dog starts excessively pant, then cool her down with some cold water.

If the panting does not stop, then it might be a good idea to get out of the heat. Your dog’s safety should always be a top priority.

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8.     Protect your dog from sunburn

Just like humans need sunblock, so do dogs! If your dog has short hair and light skin and fur, then he or she has a high risk of skin cancer. Apply some pet-friendly and chemical-free sunblock on the nose and ears as these are the areas that are most susceptible to damage from the sun (and make sure you have pet insurance that pays you before you see the vet in case your dog does get sun burnt and needs an emergency vet visit).

9.     Rinse after swimming

It’s always advised that you rinse your dog’s coat to get rid of any salt and sand before heading home. This will prevent any skin irritations and protect your car from a potentially major mess.

Yours in Not-So-Average Pet Advice,

The Team