Your furry friends deserve to enjoy the beach just as much as you do! Though, bringing your pets to the beach isn’t always as easy as it seems. Taking care of pets on the beach, an environment they’re likely not very used to, can prove to be a challenge.
Luckily, there are some tips and tricks you can take advantage of to make sure that your furry friend’s trip to the beach is smooth sailing.
Keep It Shady
Again, unless you live on the beach, your pet probably isn’t used to the new environment. The heat will probably be a big shock to your pet. In order to keep your pet safe, you should make sure that they have access to a significant amount of shade if they need it. You can provide shade for your pet in a variety of different ways.
Before going, check to see that the beach that you are going to rent umbrellas or cabanas. Or, if you wish to skip the costs, bring your own tent or umbrella. In addition to the shade, your pet should have access to water at all times. Check to see if your beach has water stations available or if you need to bring your own. It is best to do this in advance, because you don’t want to be left scrambling on the day of your beach trip.
Watch Out for Hot Sand
Before putting your pet down on the sand, gauge how hot it is and see if they would be comfortable. If it is too hot for you, it is probably too hot for your pet. The hot temperature could burn the bottom of your pet’s paws, so make sure to exercise caution so you don’t have to make an emergency trip to the vet.
A unique solution are pet booties, which you can put on the bottom of your pet’s feet. This will help keep their toes safe and allow them to enjoy a beach day along with the rest of the family.
Keep It Clear
In the same vein of protecting your pet’s feet, make sure to take note of the ground around them. Beaches are notorious for being littered with trash, and much of that litter can be dangerous for your pet. Stepping on glass, sharp rocks, and metal cans can earn your pet a trip to the emergency hospital. Stake out an area that is clear of any obstructions, and if you can’t find an area, clean up one if it is safe to do so. Help the environment and keep your pet safe all at the same time!
Pick Up After Your Pet
This goes without saying, but you should pick up after your pet whenever possible. You don’t want to upset any other beachgoers, or even worse, be asked to leave. Exercise common courtesy, just like you would if you were taking your pet for a walk around the neighborhood.