Take Your Dog to the Beach!

 

I recently had the chance to take Tilly and Salza to the beach for the day and they had a blast! They are both water lovers, so the beach was right up their ally. 

 But there are some things to remember when taking your dog to the beach!  *Make certain you choose a beach where dogs are allowed. In North Carolina, there are quite a few beach that allow dogs including Topsoil, Oak Island, Nagshead, and Carolina Beach. But each Beach has their owner rules-typically during On season dogs must be leashed. During off season some beaches will allow dogs off leash. Check the rules before you go!  *Be prepared to clean up after your dog! Bring poop bags and be ready to clean up well if they use the bathroom.   *What the weather closely. You and your dog can easily get overheated on the beach. Bring shade (a canopy tent, umbrella, etc). And when it starts getting hot, it is safer to take a break from the beach. Remember the sand can get really hot and burn your dog's feet too! Make certain you have a place for you and your dog to cool off!  *Use caution and go slow when introducing your dog to the ocean. Sometimes it is best to start on the sound side where the waves are more mild. But go slow and do not force your dog into the water. Let them adjust and go in at their own pace. And if they are scared, maybe try again another time. Also make certain they do not go too far and get injured. Keeping them on leash initially is a good idea to make certain they cannot get into trouble. Tilly and Salza both learned it was so much fun to jump the waves! 

But there are some things to remember when taking your dog to the beach!

*Make certain you choose a beach where dogs are allowed. In North Carolina, there are quite a few beach that allow dogs including Topsoil, Oak Island, Nagshead, and Carolina Beach. But each Beach has their owner rules-typically during On season dogs must be leashed. During off season some beaches will allow dogs off leash. Check the rules before you go!

*Be prepared to clean up after your dog! Bring poop bags and be ready to clean up well if they use the bathroom. 

*What the weather closely. You and your dog can easily get overheated on the beach. Bring shade (a canopy tent, umbrella, etc). And when it starts getting hot, it is safer to take a break from the beach. Remember the sand can get really hot and burn your dog's feet too! Make certain you have a place for you and your dog to cool off!

*Use caution and go slow when introducing your dog to the ocean. Sometimes it is best to start on the sound side where the waves are more mild. But go slow and do not force your dog into the water. Let them adjust and go in at their own pace. And if they are scared, maybe try again another time. Also make certain they do not go too far and get injured. Keeping them on leash initially is a good idea to make certain they cannot get into trouble. Tilly and Salza both learned it was so much fun to jump the waves! 

 *Keep yourself and your dogs well hydrated! Bring fresh water and offer small amounts frequently. It is easy to become dehydrated very quickly.   *Make certain your dog does not drink too much saltwater as this can make them very sick and can be life threatening. If you have any concerns, please know where the closest emergency veterinarian is.   *And of course have lots of fun! We can't wait to take our crew back!   Boo Donoho, DVM  #SouthernAnimalHospital #beachdogs

*Keep yourself and your dogs well hydrated! Bring fresh water and offer small amounts frequently. It is easy to become dehydrated very quickly. 

*Make certain your dog does not drink too much saltwater as this can make them very sick and can be life threatening. If you have any concerns, please know where the closest emergency veterinarian is. 

*And of course have lots of fun! We can't wait to take our crew back! 

Boo Donoho, DVM

#SouthernAnimalHospital #beachdogs