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Taking Fido to the Beach

Are you planning to hit the beach this summer? Gorgeous beaches are definitely a great perk of living in California! Many of our canine friends also enjoy going to the shore. Read on as a Cameron Park, CA vet discusses taking your dog to the beach.

Swim Lessons

If Fido doesn’t know how to swim, take some time to teach him before you hit the beach. Keep in mind that not all pooches are cut out for swimming. Very small dogs can exhaust themselves quickly, and can get into trouble in even just a foot of water. Brachycephalic pups, on the other hand, winded very fast. Ask your vet for specific advice. Dogs that can’t swim well may still enjoy wading, but must be very closely supervised.

Wellness Care

Keeping up with your furry buddy’s wellness care will protect him from dangerous parasites and diseases. Make sure Fido is current on his vaccines and parasite control. He should also be microchipped and wearing ID tags.

Conditions

Don’t take Fido to beaches that have rough surf, a lot of wakes, and/or riptides. Also, pick days when the seas are fairly calm.

Safety

Keep a close eye on Fido. Never leave a dog unattended near water. If your canine pal doesn’t obey simple commands, like Sit and Stay, work on this before taking him to the beach.

Water

Fido can overheat pretty quickly running and playing at the beach. Bring plenty of water along for him. Also, watch for signs of overheating, such as panting. If your pooch looks hot, immediately give him some water and get him out of the sun.

Paws

Dogs’ paw pads are very delicate, especially when they’re wet. Fido can get painful blisters by running around on hot sand after going swimming. Sharp rocks, shells, and broken glass are also hazards to be aware of. Use paw balm to protect your pup’s feet, and keep him on soft ground as much as possible.

Fur

If Fido has thin or pale fur, he could get sunburned. Ask your vet about using sunscreen on him. Before you head for home, rinse your dog off to get the salt and sand out of his fur. Once he’s dry, you may want to brush him.

As your Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, we are happy to provide excellent veterinary care for dogs. Please contact us anytime!

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