My Dog and I: Dog Days at the Beach!

ImageYesterday we brought Oskar, our French Bulldog, for his first visit to a real beach -and, of course, he loved it!

Just like their owners, many dogs love the beach, the sun and the ocean.  As summer is rapidly approaching, this is a good time to remember that our pooches need special beach care, too.

Dogs can suffer from the ill effects of a day at the beach because the sun, sand and saltwater can have similar effects on their skin, eyes, ears and fur as it can have on humans.

Even after 5:00 PM the sun as well as the reflective rays from the ocean are strong.  I wondered if Ozzie’s coat is enough to protects his skin against the heat of sun while we were sufficiently covered with a sun block.  And what about his ears and nose?

Well, most importantly, to keep Oskar protected and comfortable in this rough environment we applied Musher’s Secret[1] to the inside of his ear flaps, the top of his nose and his paws, and even his belly.  Then we strapped him into his life preserver, and off he went.

But keeping Fido comfy and safe at the beach, there are more things you can do:

  • Bring along either a dog t-shirt or apply a sun block for dogs.
  • Avoid dirty, oily and tarry sand spots, broken glass, sharp or edgy rocks, and pieces of seashells that may cut or scrape your pup’s paws.
  • Try to keep your puppy from drinking the salty ocean water -fresh water is a must!  Bring along a gallon (or two) of chilled water and a portable dog bowl.  Then fill the bowl intermittently with fresh water.  (Well, do you enjoy slurping sandy water?)
  • Make sure your dog wears a “beach resistant”, or well-worn[2] collar with all tags attached.
  • Take along beach towels for sprawling on the hot, itchy sand and the drive home.
  • Pack sun umbrella, doggie tent or a soft-sided travel kennel to give your pup a brake from the sun.
  • Last but not least –never leave home without it- pack those poop bags!

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It is just as important to keep in mind that a dog needs a bath after a day at the beach.  While saltwater can have healing effects on certain skin conditions, it may actually be harmful, if saltwater and sand are not removed from a dog’s body.  Best way to start is by giving Fido a good brush-out and then a soothing bath.

Taking these simple steps can help you and your dog enjoy a day at the beach and stay safe at the same time.

So, start checking out the dog beaches near you http://www.bringfido.com/attraction/beaches/ and prepare yourself for a long, fun summer with your dog!

For questions on this subject or product information please email info@jumpingbulldog.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!


[1] Amazing paw rub that can be used in the winter and the summer to protect various parts of your dog’s body!

[2] The fabric of a new collar may react to the saltwater and may shrink around your pup’s neck.  This can make your dog feel uncomfortable; it can cause chafing around the neck area, or even pose a chocking hazard.

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