Pet Safety When at the Beach

Taking your dog to the beach can be a great way to spend a beautiful summer day.  However, as a responsible dog owner there are certain precautions you should take.

  • Provide plenty of fresh drinking water and shade for your dog.
  • Dogs can get sunburn, especially short-haired dogs and ones with pink skin and white hair.  Limit your dog’s exposure when the sun is unusually strong and apply sunblock (www.epi-pet.com or Baby Sunscreen) to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions.  Dogs are easy targets for jellyfish and other ocean predators.
  • If your dog is out of shape, don’t encourage him to run on the sand.  Running on a beach is strenuous exercise, and a dog that is out of shape could easily pull a tendon or ligament.
  • Cool ocean water is tempting to your dog.  Do not allow him to drink seawater as the salt in the water can make him dehydrated, cause stomach upset, etc.
  • Salt and other minerals found in the ocean can damage your dog’s coat.  When you are ready to leave the beach for the day, rinse your dog with plenty of fresh water.  A bath with a soothing shampoo will help too.

Not all beaches permit dogs.  Check local ordinances before you begin your excursion to the beach.

To find the rules for your local beach, simply visit one of the sites below:

Isle of Palms: http://www.iop.net/departments/police_animalcontrol.aspx

Sullivans Island: http://www.sullivansisland-sc.com/faqs.aspx

Folly Beach: http://www.follybeach.com/rules.php

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