But what should you think about if you want to take your furry friend to the beach this summer?
Before packing an umbrella and cooler bag, look for information on specific rules for the current beach destination.
Check if it is allowed to bring a dog, and if so, if the beach has a leash beyond the normal leash period.
In addition, there are five other things to think about before the beach trip.
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Keep the dog temperate
Dogs do not tolerate the heat as well as us, so it is important to keep in mind that the dog should be allowed to lie in the shade where the ground is not warm.
– Avoid going to the beach at the hottest time of the day. Let the dog bathe, water or cool it down by gently pouring water on the coat or placing a wet towel over parts of the dog, advises Marianne Broholm Einarsen, CEO of Agria Dyreforsikring.
There are also cooling blankets and cooling mats for dogs to buy that can help.
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Watch your paws
If you think the sand is too hot when you walk barefoot, then it will be too hot for your dog as well. It can actually get burns under the paws.
– Also keep in mind that there may be sharp shells or shards of glass in the sand or at the water’s edge. Take a good look and bring a first aid kit in case the accident should occur. This way you can stop the bleeding yourself before you go to a veterinarian, says Broholm Einarsen.
Avoid water tail and wet spoon
Bathing dogs are unfortunately prone to water tails, an inflammatory condition in the tail that can occur if the dog, for example, has bathed too much.
This happens because the dog uses its tail in a different way when swimming than it is used to. The condition can also occur in dogs that, for various reasons, waggle a lot for a period of time.
Wet eczema – or “hot spot” as it is also called – is an itchy rash that can occur when the skin becomes moist over time. The dog will often itch violently on this and can scratch large wounds.
If your dog starts to itch abnormally much in a certain area, you should try to prevent it from scratching more in this place and consult a veterinarian so that you can calm the condition as soon as possible.
To prevent wet eczema from occurring, care should be taken that the dog is not wet or damp for long periods at a time. When you come home from the beach, you should rinse the salt water from the coat with lukewarm clean water and dry the dog thoroughly afterwards.
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Avoid salt poisoning
Salt poisoning can occur in dogs that ingest large amounts of saline. Normally, the dog will not drink too much salt water if it has access to fresh water.
Some dogs, on the other hand, may find it fun to catch bubbles or splashes and may end up ingesting large amounts of salt water.
– If your dog thinks this is funny, it may not think that it tastes salty. Therefore, make sure that the dog does not stand and catch bubbles, splashes and splashes. Also always bring fresh water that the dog can drink and offer this regularly, says Broholm Einarsen.
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Otherwise, it is important to have full control of your dog when you are on the beach – and remember that some people are afraid or allergic to dogs.
– There are also those who simply do not like that an eager four-legged beach lion sprays sand in the sunscreen, concludes Broholm Einarsen.
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