One of the best things about living in California is the fact that we have so many beautiful beaches. Fido enjoys going to the shore just as much as many people do! Of course, you’ll need to take some precautions to keep your pooch safe. Here, a Southbay LA County vet offers some advice on taking your canine pal to the shore.
Fido should be fixed, microchipped, and current on his vaccines and parasite control products. If your furry pal isn’t perfectly trained, keep him leashed at all times.
Only take your canine buddy to spots he is welcome. There are some great dog-friendly beaches in the area, including North Beach and Staircase Beach at Leo Carrillo State Park, Rosie’s Dog Beach, Huntington, and Point Fermin. Remember to check local restrictions. For instance, dogs are welcome at South Bay Beach, but there are restrictions in summer. Avoid any places with heavy wakes, steep drop-offs, or a lot of boat traffic.
Dogs can get hot very quickly running and playing at the beach. Try to take Fido to the shore in the mornings or evenings, when it’s cooler and not as crowded.
Fido really should have a beach bag of his own. Water and a towel are the two most important things. You may also want to add collapsible dishes, treats, a first-aid kit, paw balm, a beach-rated stake and tie-out line, sunscreen, and a doggy lifejacket.
The beach can be good for Fido’s paws, in that walking in the sand can help exfoliate dead skin. However, on hot days, your canine companion can easily burn his toe beans on hot sand. Your pup’s paws will be extra delicate when they’re wet, which makes them particularly susceptible to burns and blisters. Dogs can also cut themselves on sharp rocks or shells, broken glass, or even dead sea life! Use paw balm to protect those furry feet, and try to keep your four-legged friend on soft ground as much as possible.
Fido may come across all sorts of things on the beach … most of which should be left alone. Teach your furry pal the commands to Leave It or Drop It. You definitely do not want your pooch grabbing a jellyfish, dead fish, or that food wrapper someone left behind. Do you have questions about dog care? Contact us, your Southbay LA County pet hospital.