1. Create some shade and offer lots of fresh water.
This prevents heatstroke and discourages them from drinking sea water which contains salt, bacteria and parasites that may make them ill.
2. Hot sun and sand.
If the sand is too hot for you to walk on it is too hot for your dogs paws and if you are covering up with sun cream don’t forget those with pink ears, white hair and short coats.
3. Keep a close eye on your dog at all times.
Although most dogs are strong swimmers the sea is not the best place for new swimmers. Strong tides and rolling waves can quickly exhaust even the most experienced swimmers.
Dogs love to explore they can find things on the beach including jelly fish, palm oil and discarded rubbish that can make them ill.
4. Running and playing with toys is great fun.
But running on sand is hard work than running on grass so dogs can overexert themselves easily.
Picking up balls and toys a number of times can lead to sand ingestion that if enough is swallowed can cause a blockage. Use a frisbee instead of a wet tennis ball.
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