Beach Safety for Dogs

Are you planning to take your pup to the beach this summer? Some of our canine buddies love going to the sea! Just be sure to put Fido’s health and safety first! Read on as a local Redlands, CA vet discusses beach safety for dogs.


Before taking Fido to the beach, make sure that he understands simple doggy commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This basic training can help you stop your pooch from running up to strange dogs, swimming too far out, or swimming in spots with dangerous currents.


Some dogs take to the water like furry, four-legged ducks. Others? Not so much. If your canine companion doesn’t know how to swim, take time to teach him. Never throw your dog into the water. This can be very scary for Fido, and could make him scared of the water.

Paws For Thought

It’s very easy for dogs to burn their paws running around on hot sand. Sharp rocks and shells can also do a number on Fido’s furry feet. Use paw balm or wax to protect your dog’s paws, and keep him on soft surfaces as much as you can. Dogs’ paws are very delicate when wet, so be extra careful after your canine friend has been swimming.

Fur Care

Before you head for home, rinse your furry pal off to get the salt and sand out of his coat. Once Fido is home and dry, you may want to give him a good brushing.


Did you know that Man’s Best Friend can get sunburns? Pooches with thin and/or pale fur are particularly prone to them. Ask your vet for advice on putting sunscreen on your pup.


Fido can get very hot and tired after just a few minutes of running and playing at the shore. Bring plenty of water with you. You may want to get a disposable doggy dish, or a pet water bottle with a dispenser.


Keep a close eye out for signs of overheating. Some common ones are heavy panting; drooling; trembling; vomiting; lethargy; and red or pale gums. If you see any of these red flags, immediately give Fido some water, get him out of the sun, and contact your vet.

Please contact us, your Redlands, CA veterinary clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re always happy to help!

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