Dog Beach Safety Tips

Summer is on the way! Lots of people are looking forward to visiting their favorite beaches and enjoying some fun in the sun. Many of our canine buddies also enjoy going to the beach. If you’re planning to take your dog with you to the shore this summer, read these safety tips from a local Moorpark, CA veterinarian.


Before heading to the shore with your furry beach buddy, make sure Fido knows and obeys basic obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. This is extremely important! Proper training can help you keep your pet from running off or approaching dangerous areas.


Always stick close to your canine friend. We all know that Fido loves to explore, but your furry pal could get into serious trouble if he goes into water with strong currents or riptides! Keep your four-legged buddy in calm, shallow water, where there aren’t a lot of wakes.


It’s very easy for dogs to overexert themselves and/or overheat on the beach. Bring plenty of water for Fido, and keep a close eye on him. If you notice any warning signs, like excessive panting, immediately give your pooch some water, take him to a cooler spot, and call your vet.

Paw Care

Fido can get painful blisters on his paws by walking or running on hot sand. Your pup’s feet will be extra sensitive after he’s been swimming, so be careful with where you take your canine buddy after he’s been in the water. Check your dog’s paws after he’s been running around on the sand, to make sure he hasn’t cut his paw on a shell or piece of glass. We also recommend using paw balm or wax to protect those furry feet.


Did you know that dogs can get sunburns? Pups with pale and/or thin fur are especially at risk. Ask your vet for advice on applying sunscreen to your pup’s adorable face.

Rinse Down

Before heading home, rinse the salt and sand out of your canine buddy’s fur. If you really want to make the day special for Fido, offer him a special treat, like doggy ice cream, when you get home.

Is your dog due for vaccines or an exam? Does Fido need a microchip or spay/neuter surgery? Please contact us, your Moorpark, CA animal hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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