Here are some extra precautions that should be taken to prevent scorched paws when you've planned a beach outing with your dog.
People don't always think about the danger of their dogs walking on scorching hot sand with bare paws. Sand gets much hotter much faster than the water. The water temperature at the beach may be in the 70’s (F) but the sand can reach 100 degrees or more!
The sand doesn’t reflect heat off of it the way water does. Sand also doesn’t have the continuous movement like the water does, it's just sitting there with the sun constantly beating down on it, unable to cool itself down with movement the way the ocean does.
Safety tips to help prevent scorched paws at the beach:
* Take your dog to the beach before 10am or after 5pm when the sand is cooler. Sand gets hot really fast but it also cools down quickly as the sun sets.
* Sit a little closer to the water where the sand is damp and doesn't get so hot. Both you and your dog can cool off your feet as the surf comes in!
* Just as we wear sandals or shoes to walk down on the sand to the perfect spot we choose on the beach, you may want to put some shoes on your dog's paws just until you get close to the shoreline. If you don't want to put shoes on your dog's feet, you can carry her or put her in a stroller or cart until you get closer to the shoreline.
* Watch out for the concrete or asphalt parking lots and walkways at the beach as well, they can get hot enough to fry an egg!
Additional safety precautions for a day at the beach with your dog:
* Make sure to bring plenty of water and hydrate, hydrate, Hydrate!
* Keep an eye on your dog to ensure she doesn't suffer heat exhaustion. Find some shade, or if there isn't any shade on the beach put up a large beach umbrella for shade. In a pinch, you could make a "tent" with towels and beach chairs to provide some shade for your dog.
* Know whether or not your dog knows how to swim .... in beach surf! Not all dogs are born swimmers. Even if they have a propensity for water, swimming in the ocean isn't the same. The waves may not be gentle enough, or there may be an under toe to worry about.
* Keep an eye on your dog at all times to see if she gets into any trouble in the ocean. It's a smart idea to put a doggie life vest on your dog the first few times she goes into the ocean. Dogs are natural born followers and will often follow each other right into rough surf! I usually opt for beaches on the bay side rather than the open ocean for my dogs. Michael Phelps they are not!
* Have your first aid kit with you in case your dog's paw gets cut on a broken shell or on the rocks.
Have Fun and Stay Safe on the beach!!
Do you take your dogs to the beach? What is your most important safety tips? Leave us a comment and share, we always love hearing from you!
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