Beach Safety for Your Dog

iStock_000003792665_SmallSome dogs are just like us when it comes to the beach – they are excited to not just romp through the sand, but also elated for that first splash into the cool water. However, there is nothing more dreadful to beach patrons than stepping in some fresh dog poop with their bare feet.

While your dog might love the beach, there are etiquette and safety precautions to keep in mind – both for him or her and for the other people who would like to enjoy the beach too.

Beach Safety for Your Dog

The very first thing to do before taking your dog(s) to the beach is to check ahead that it is a dog friendly beach. There’s no sense in loading him or her up for a ride only to find out that your dog isn’t allowed out of the car. The fact is, many parks and beaches don’t allow dogs because owners don’t always clean up after their pets, leaving a mess. Continue…

Heatstroke and Summer Pet Safety

cute beagle lying on the grass in the parkEnjoying the outdoors with your pet is one of the perks of summer. The warm weather provides longer days, opportunities for trips to the lake or pool, and more play time in the yard–all of which can be hard to resist for people and pets alike.

Summer also means taking the necessary precautions to help protect your pet from heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, overexertion, and heatstroke. You don’t want to spoil your summer and endanger your pet, resulting in an emergency call to your veterinarian, or worse.

Keeping Your Pet Happy and Hydrated

Providing an endless supply of fresh, clean drinking water is essential to keeping your pet healthy and safe during the summer heat. Continue…