Beach days can be a blast when you bring along your beloved Golden Retriever, but taking a dog to the beach requires some preparation, know-how, and a little common sense.
Whether your Golden is running around, jumping through waves, or just laying in the sun, it’s important to remember that anything that can harm you or your family can harm your dog as well.
Sunburns, riptides, jellyfish, broken glass, sharp shells ---- All of these things can prove to be problematic for your dog on a beach getaway.
It's important to be mindful about what could happen to your Golden and to endeavor to keep him injury-free. Here are some tips that will help your furry friend stay safe at the beach.
--- Provide a shady retreat under a beach umbrella, tree, or a make-shift tent to keep direct sun off of his coat.
--- Bring plenty of fresh, cool water and a dog bowl wherever you go.
--- Have a blanket or towel for your dog to keep his paws off the hot sand or dock.
--- Watch for signs of overheating. Symptoms may include rapid panting and drooling, coordination problems, vomiting and/or diarrhea, collapse and/or loss of consciousness.
--- Avoid sunburns by keeping your dog off the beach in peak heating times (generally 11am - 4pm). Light-colored dogs and those with pink noses like some Golden Retrievers can sunburn the same way that we do.
--- Keep a collar and ID tags on your dog at all times.
--- Check with your vet to make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations and licenses.
Lastly, follow all beach rules as dictated by the city or county. Remember that beach rules are actually laws and can be punishable by a fine. Check online to make sure your beach allows dogs before you go and always take notice of any rules posted near the beach.
Now that you’re prepared for your beach day, go have some fun in the sun with your Golden Retriever!
Do you have any beach trip suggestions or advice to help other Golden lovers with travel plans this summer? Any beach destinations around the southeast that are a favorite with you and your dog? Please send us your stories. We'd love to hear from you.
Happy Golden Travels, everyone!