DogAtBeachAs the weather turns hot many people will turn their attention to the beach. Review these tips to keep your dog safe before you bring him along to enjoy some fun in the sun. Here's an excellent refresher on keeping Fido safe at the beach this year: 

Keeping your dog safe at the beach

May 18, 2013 6:00 AM by

Don’t let your dog drink seawater

Always bring fresh water and a bowl for your pet to drink from. According to Dr. Jason Nicholas,…

Avoid toxic blooms in the water

Red tide in salt water and blue-green algae in freshwater can harm dogs. “Contact with the toxins that such algae can produce can lead to …

Protect your dog’s paws

“Hot sand, rocks, shells, and broken glass are all things that can injure your dog's paws while at the beach,”…

Be aware of drowning risk

Not all dogs can swim. Some breeds are more skilled than others. “While you might think it’s cute to have a swimming dog, don’t force your dog into the water if …

Watch for signs of heatstroke

Dr. Tina Wismer, Medical Director at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center, cautions dog owners to be aware of heatstroke risk in dogs…

Watch what your dog eats

Some shorelines are littered with trash, seaweed and decaying marine life. Dogs may attempt to ingest things that will make them sick …

Avoid exposure to ticks

Grassy beaches and dunes may contain ticks which carry diseases that can harm humans and dogs …

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DogAtBeach2Bringing your dog to the beach can be a blast for both you and your dog. By being aware of the potential hazards and avoiding them, your trip can remain fun and carefree.

It gets awful hot on those sandy patches so remember your canine buddy is wearing a fur coat he can't take off so keep that in mind before the time gets away from you and your friend is in trouble. Bring plenty of cool drinking water. If you run out of water it's time to go home.

Follow these guidelines and use common sense and your trip will be a good one.

Related Article: Do Not Allow Your Dog Even Casual Exposure to This Deadly Toxin (Blue-Green Algae)

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