Keeping your dogs safe at the beach in Norwich

March 8, 2019

Taking your dog to the beach? Beware these dangers…

As the weather begins to warm up, we’ve already been thinking about trips to the beach with our pawed pals here at All Creatures Healthcare in Norwich. If you’ve been thinking the same, make sure you know how to keep your dog safe so that they can fully enjoy their beach holiday.

  1. Keep them from eating sand

As they’re digging or picking up toys, dogs can accidentally eat sand. A little is harmless, but if they swallow enough it can cause an intestinal blockage called a ‘sand impaction’. This requires urgent treatment at a veterinary practice and symptoms include vomiting, dehydration and abdominal pain.

  1. Watch them swim

Not only is it adorable to see your dog enjoying themselves in the biggest puddle of their lifetime, but it can also save their life. Some dogs aren’t naturally-strong swimmers, so may begin to struggle when they go out of their depth.

It is especially important to keep an eye on them if there are strong tides or rolling waves. If your dog is smaller, it may even be worth keeping them out of the water that day if the forecast is predicting choppy waters.

  1. Stop them from eating or drinking anything found on the beach

This one sounds like common sense, really, but there are just so many things at the beach you wouldn’t want your dog to eat or drink. Always keep fresh water on you to avoid your dog from trying to drink ocean water, which can give them salt poisoning.

In addition, watch out for potential dangers like discarded fishing hooks, washed-up jellyfish, shells, or things left behind by other beach-goers. Basically, anything that can stab, sting, or choke a dog.

4. Don’t let them get too hot under the collar

Two things to consider when heading to the beach for a sunny getaway:

  • Dogs can get sunburn and heatstroke –Make sure there’s a shaded area for them to escape the sun if they get too hot, as short-hair breeds or those with pink ears can easily get sunburn or heatstroke if left in the sun for too long. Pack some dog sunscreen for your beach break, too.
  • Hot sand can hurt their paws – If the sand is too hot for you to walk on without shoes, then it’s also too hot for your dog’s paws. Try to avoid walking along the beach during the sun’s peak hours or even visit the beach early in the morning or late afternoon.

With these tips, you’re all set for a family trip to the beach. Pack a few towels, plenty of fresh water and treats, and hit the road – we’ll race you there.