In the summer heat, humans are not the only ones who want stay cool. Your Lab too needs a beach break. Here are some safety reminders when taking your Labrador dog to the beach.
Labrador Retrievers are water dogs. They owe their ancestry to the St. John’s dog, the canine king of swimming. Labs are also originally bred to create a dog famous for their love of water and ability to help anglers to pull fishing lines to shore. In America, Labradors began as helpers for fishermen to retrieve fish and hunted ducks.
With love for water in his genes, your Labrador is instinctively a beach lover. So, there is no better buddy on a beach than these awesome dogs. While a Lab’s coat is endowed with oil-like substance naturally to repulse water, their tails and webbed paws too assist them in swimming.
If you are planning to take your Lab to the beach, here are a few important tips to ensure his safety.
Pick A Good Beach Spot
Not all beaches allow dogs. So, check with your community which ones you can take your dogs to. There are some beaches that require dogs to be on a leash so be sure to be aware of the rules. Always make sure to pick up only after your dog eliminate. Else you may be fined.
Select a beach that is secure for dogs. There should not be too much congestion. Ensure the water is not too deep and have currents. There must be ample space for your Labrador to run and play without obstructions.
Select the Right Time
Depending on the weather summer or winter, select the perfect time for your Lab. If it is a hot and humid day, choose the morning or the evening slot. In the winter, avoids snowy days. Again your dog’s endurance should be considered. He must be fit enough to play in the water without any risk of ear infection. Make sure your pet is protected from heat stroke.
Make Sure Your Lab Gets Lots of Water
Ensure the water is free from any contamination and does not pose any risk of skin infection or any water-borne threat. However, stay away from heavy playing in the hot sun. If your Labrador is overweight, you need to supervise him with apt attention. Hot sand is also a risk for your dog.
Having fresh water available also prevents dogs from drinking salt water and ingesting a lot of sand.
Keep an Eye While Your Lab Plays or Swims
Pay attention to the activities of your dog. Observes while he plays on the beach or swims in off the beach. Many Labradors are natural swimmers, but some are not that efficient. You can opt to buy a swimming vest made especially for dogs and put it on your pooch every time he goes to the pool or beach.
Keep in mind that the sea is not just water. Creatures, such as sea urchins, moray eels, jellyfishes, and more live it and they pose a danger to your dogs.
You are Labrador faces the risk of injury while playing on the beach. There are also all sorts of items found on beaches. You may notice rocks, broken glasses, or garbage with chemicals on a beach. Hidden sand traps too pose a risk. Ensure your dog is well protected from all these threats.
Dogs with their powerful sense of smell may often start going after the trail of spoiled and rotten food. They may try to explore garbage scattered around.
Water pollution is also a concern so make sure your pooch avoids river mouths and estuaries.
Avoid Doggie Sunburn by Putting Sunblock on Your Dog
Yes, dogs get sunburn – especially fair-skinned indoor dogs. Make sure to limit their time in the sun. There is also sunblock available designed for dogs. You may find it at pet stores.
What To Do After the Beach Trip?
Giving your dog a bath after the beach trip is a good idea since all the moist and sand may cause irritations or abscesses – among other problems– on their skin.
In case your dog gets too much sand in his eyes, you can wash it away with a saline solution.