Staying Safe at The Beach

Staying Safe at The Beach

Summer isn’t over yet and the sun doesn’t have to be shining to enjoy a day out at the beach.  We have created a little guide to keep your pet happy, healthy and safe while you enjoy a day out together at the coast!

  • Although at many beaches your pooches are allowed to run free and dive in the sand, others may have restrictions and require your dog to be on a lead. Make sure you respect the rules and check out the do’s and don’t before heading to your chosen location.
  • Keep your dog with you at all times, and don’t let them wander too far. There are many exciting new sights and smells to explore at the beach, however, there are also many hazards such as open clifftops, sinkholes, and small gaps for your dog to squeeze into.
  • Check the times of the tides so that you can plan the best time to visit, these can be found on the met office website.
  • Don’t let your dog drink the sea water. Always take with you a travel bowl and fresh water so that your pet is not tempted to sip from the sea.
  • Keep an eye out and avoid your pet from going near washed up sea creatures such as jelly fish, although they look harmless, they could still give your pet a nasty sting.
  • There can be many broken shells and sharp pieces of debris on the beach which can cause cut pads and a unhappy pooch. Make sure you take a first aid kit with you on any day out, not just at the beach. We have first aid kits available to purchase from the practice. Contact our reception team, or pop in for more information.
  • Pick up the poo! Make sure you take plenty of poo bags with you, and dispose of the bags in a designated dog poo bin.
  • Pack the sun cream. Your dog’s exposed skin is susceptible to sunburn such as their nose and ears, make sure you rub a little doggy sun cream on them throughout the day.
  • Heat stroke, like in humans, can make your pet feel dreadful. Exposure to the sun for long periods of time can cause your dog to overheat and feel very unwell. Panting, drooling excessively, reluctance to move and vomiting are all signs of heat stroke, if your pet is showing any of these symptoms after being out in the heat, please contact your vet for advice.
  • Have fun, stay safe and have a wonderful summer!