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Taking Fido to the Beach

Do you like going to the beach? Florida’s warm waters and beautiful sandy beaches are definitely some of the best things of living in the Sunshine State! Many of our canine companions also enjoy spending some time at the shore. Dogs can make great beach buddies, but be sure to always put your pet’s safety first. Here, a South Dade, FL vet discusses taking Fido to the beach.

Paw Care

Doggy paw pads are very delicate, especially when they are wet. Fido can easily get painful blisters and burns from running on hot sand or tar. Your canine buddy could also cut his paws on sharp shells, glass, or rocks, which can be lurking under the sand. If your pooch won’t go for wearing booties, use paw balm or wax to protect his furry feet.

Heat

We all know how hot Florida summers are. Can you imagine wearing a fur coat here in August? Yikes! Overheating is a very serious dangerous for our canine pals in hot weather. Your pet can quickly overheat running around on hot sand. Always bring plenty of water for your furry buddy, and watch for warning signs, such as panting, lethargy, and pale gums. We also recommend visiting the beach in the mornings or evenings, when it’s cooler out.

Swimming

Did your dog take to water like a furry, four-legged ducks? If so, that’s great! Swimming can be both fun and healthy for dogs. However, even the best canine swimmer can easily be overpowered by strong currents or riptides. Keep Fido away from areas with strong currents or heavy wakes, and never let him go into the water unsupervised.

Training

Make sure Fido obeys basic doggy commands like Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down. Proper training can keep your pet from running into dangerous areas or approaching strange people or dogs.

Sunscreen

Did you know that dogs can get sunburns? Pooches with thin or pale fur are especially susceptible. Ask your vet about using sunscreen on Fido.

Tail Wags

Before heading home, rinse Fido off to get the salt and sand out of his fur. To really make your pup’s day, treat him to some doggy ice cream, which you can find in many groceries and pet stores.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your South Dade, FL animal clinic, today!

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