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Taking Fido to the Beach

Are you planning to spend some time at the shore this summer? Many of our canine pals love fun in the sun! Just be sure to put your pup’s safety first. Read on for some great tips from an East Dallas, TX vet on taking your pooch to the beach.

Swimming Lessons

Take time to make sure your pet knows the basics of swimming before bringing him to the shore. Don’t throw Fido into the water: he may learn the doggy paddle, but he may also be traumatized by the experience. Keep in mind that swimming isn’t right for all dogs. If your furry buddy is a puppy, senior, or Brachycephalic dog, or has health issues, he may be better off staying home. Ask your vet for more information.

Conditions

Dogs are over their heads in just a few feet of water. Don’t take Fido anywhere with strong currents and/or heavy wakes, and never let him swim unattended.

Training

Basic training is very important to Fido’s safety. The command to Stay can keep your furry friend from running into water with heavy wakes, while the Come command can stop him from running off. Make sure that your pup knows basic doggy obedience!

Paws For Thought

Doggy paw pads are very sensitive and delicate, especially when they’re wet. Fido can easily get painful burns or blisters by running around on sand or tar after swimming. Sharp rocks, shells, and broken glass can also do a number on Fido’s furry feet. Keep your pooch on soft surfaces as much as possible. We also recommend putting paw balm on his paws.

Sunburn

Did you know that dogs get sunburns? If your pet has pale and/or thin fur, he may be particularly susceptible. Ask your vet for advice on putting sunscreen on Fido.

Water

Dogs can get tired and thirsty very quickly at the beach. Be sure to bring plenty of water along for Fido. You may want to get collapsible dishes.

Cleaning

Always pick up after your pooch! Get into the habit of keeping waste baggies in your car.

Fur

Before heading home, take time to rinse the salt and sand from your canine buddy’s fur. You may also want to brush Fido once he’s home and dry.

Please contact us, your East Dallas, TX pet hospital, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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