Dog Friendly Beaches
Is the beach dog friendly? It’s best to check before heading to your favourite beach that it’s dog friendly, especially during the summer months as some beaches will have time restrictions. Some beaches have dog-free zones and they can issue out fines if your trespassing on the wrong beach. However, we’re very lucky here in the UK to have an abundance of dog friendly beaches to explore. It’s also a good idea to check the tide times of the beach you are planning on visiting.
Make sure that your dog is always wearing their collar and identification tag with your correct contact information on just in case you get separated from them at any point.
Most of the time sea swimming is a safe and fun activity for your dog but it's important to be aware of the dangers and what to do in an emergency. There may be hidden strong currents, undertows and rip currents – even a calm looking sea can have hidden dangers. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t let you dog swim, but a bit of caution will help to keep them safe - You can read our guide to swimming with your dog here.
If your dog has been for a swim, it’s always a good idea to give them a good rinse of when you get home to prevent any nasty skin irritations.
It goes without saying but always make sure you pack plenty of fresh, clean water for your dog. Even during the colder months, the fun and excitement of the beach will leave your dog with a thrust and the salty sea water is not healthy for your dog. It can cause a nasty bout of sickness or diarrhoea.
Keeping them Cool
Even though the beach may seem cooler due to the refreshing sea breeze, temperatures can quickly start to soar. When planning your trip make sure you take either an umbrella or some other form of shade, so your dog has a place to relax and cool down when needed.
KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE
Heatstroke develops when a dog can't reduce their body temperature and it can be fatal. Signs of heatstroke include:
• HEAVY PANTING
• GLAZED EYES
• A RAPID PULSE
• EXCESSIVE SALIVATION
• LACK OF COORDINATION
• VOMITING OR DIARRHOEA
• LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
If you think your dog has heatstroke, you need to act fast. Firstly, call your local vet. Then take them to a cool, shaded area. Apply towels soaked in cold water to their head, neck and chest and let them drink water or lick an ice cube. Never place them directly into ice cold water or give them too much to drink as they may go into shock.
Swallowing large amounts of sand can cause stomach problems for your dog. It’s a good idea to bare this in mind when choosing which toys to take with you, for example a fluffy tennis ball will collect more sand then a frisbee and your dog can accidentally swallow sand when playing with them.
Our coastline is home to an array of different wildlife including birds and seals. Remember to keep your dog on a lead if you’re in an area known for wildlife, just look out for signs. It’s also important to keep an eye out for jellyfish, even if they are washed up on the beach, they can still sting a curious dog.
Finally, and probably the most important of all is to know your dog. Only you know your dog and the situations they feel the most comfortable in. A busy beach may cause them stress and if the weather is too hot it’s best to leave them at home to relax.