Nothing beats a day at the beach with your pup, especially after a long and grueling winter in a pandemic!
Beach days days are better if you are properly prepared!
The Sun can be just as harmful to dogs as it can be to us. Hair should not be shaved completely to keep pups cool because it exposes more of the skin to the sun’s harmful rays. Sunscreen with an SPF of 45 or greater should be placed on areas with less or no hair including the abdomen, nose, and tips of ears. Do NOT use human sunscreen products on dogs, as they often contain ingredients ( like zinc) that are harmful to them. If your pet suffers from severe sunburn, please contact your vet immediately. Sunscreen for dogs is available through the Hamptons Canine Concierge. Do not allow extended exposure to the sun. Dogs should be rinsed off after a day at the beach. Use some Final Coat Conditioner between full baths to loosen sand and tangles and leave coat shiny soft and smelling delicious! Make sure your pet has access to shade and fresh water at all times.
Sand is a diggers dream. BUT Digging or Running on the sand can cause irritation to the delicate skin on the paws. Always rinse your dog’s paws when they get home from the beach and check the pads and the skin around the toes for redness and inflammation. If you see any of these signs or if your dog is constantly licking his or her paws, skip a few days at the beach and allow the inflammation to heal. If the swelling is severe, if the paws are really red or if your dog is limping, contact your Veterinarian for treatment.
The sand can be VERY HOT early in the morning from Campfires that were not extinguished properly from the night before. Try to recognize and avoid these areas for both you and your pet’s safety. Severe burns to the feet or paws can occur. If you see blisters or redness or if your dog is limping or chewing his paws, your pet may need medical treatment.
Saltwater can cause dryness or irritation to the skin. Red patches, bumps or dry skin may cause discomfort to your pets. Some skin conditions may be helped with the ocean water. Every case is individual so if your dog has a particular condition, ask your vet for advice. Eye irritation is commonly seen in the summer as a result of overexposure to saltwater or chlorine. If your dog’s eyes are red or if he is rubbing or pawing at his eyes, he may need treatment. You may also see a white or yellow ocular discharge. It is a good idea to rinse out their eyes with an over the counter eyewash after a long day of swimming.
Skin Cancer Concerns
Skin Cancer affects dogs as well. Melanoma commonly occurs in dogs, but it is controversial whether the sun plays a role in these tumors. There is another type of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma, which is seen in dogs and is thought to be related to sun exposure. Cutaneous hemangiosarcomas may also be caused by exposure to UV radiation. Any suspicious growth should be brought to the attention of your Vet.
Now the fun part….Don’t forget the balls, frisbees and snacks for a perfect DAY AT THE BEACH!