Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pet Safety At The Beach

On a warm and sunny Summer day, what's more fun than a day at the beach with your dog? 


Beach Safety tips for pets
A beautiful day at the Montauk Lighthouse beach, but Watch Out! there could be dangerous breakers ahead!
Dogs love to frolic along the seashore with their faithful humans at their side.  Along with all the exciting stuff to discover along the shore are dangers to watch out for!

During a beautiful romp along the dog friendly beach at the Montauk Lighthouse, we discovered one such shoreline danger.  FISHING HOOKS!!


Keep your pets safe at the beach
My husband and my dog found a dangerous stray length of fishing line with a two pronged hook and weight attached
As my husband and my Husky, Icy, romped along the shore they discovered this length of fishing line.  Attached to the fishing line was a two pronged hook and a weight. YIKES!!  If Icy had spotted it first, it might have been tragic.


Stray fishing line & hooks are a danger to pets at the beach
This two pronged fishing hook had a wad of kelp stuck to it
In many beach communities, boating and fishing are favorite pastimes.  Fishermen often have to cut their fishing lines when they get snagged on something.  If they don't retrieve those cut lines and hooks, they frequently end up getting washed up on the shore.  This creates a danger to both people and pets.  Imagine a fishing hook getting lodged in your dog's mouth - OUCH!!  Your wonderful beach day will end up with an emergency Vet visit.

Next time you take your dog out for a fun day at the beach, be on the lookout for stray fishing lines and hooks!

Check out these important Pet Beach Safety Tips as well!






39 comments:

  1. Yikes! Fish hooks scare me! So glad your boy didn't pick it up in his mouth! Thanks for the reminder (we have ponds nearby, so we have to watch for hooks on the pond banks). Beautiful beach!

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    1. I know, right?! I was so shocked the first time I saw that thing on the beach. So nasty. Good point to also remember to be cautious around pond banks, thanks for pointing that out!

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  2. I live in an area with lots of lakes, ponds, and pets. One of the things I am always on the look out for is a stray fishhook. Those things cause big boo-boos even on humans. Manna doesn't walk along the water, but I worry about other people's pets and wild animals when I see dangerous things laying about.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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    1. I'm glad you're aware of them and are always on the lookout for those nasty fishhooks! They definitely can cause big boo boos on people too. My brother once cast his rod inside the house and the hook got caught on my hand! I will never forget that, it was so awful!

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  3. Yowch, glad you spotted it first! I always wish Matilda weren't afraid of water so she could have more fun at the beach, but the hazards sometimes don't seem worth going near the water. Always fun to dig in the sand, though I worry about trash on land, too.

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    1. I'm so glad my husband found the hook before she pawed or grabbed it in her mouth! We have to be aware of potential hazards along the beach, & everywhere else too. You just never know.

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  4. YIKES! That is a scary find! Glad your husband found it before it could injure anyone. Safety is always important...even at the beach.

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  5. Oh, that's VERY scary! What a great reminder!
    Cammie!

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    1. Yes, so scary! Now I'm always on the lookout for fish hooks.

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  6. We've never taken the boys to a beach but would like to someday. These are great tips to keep in mind!

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    1. The beach is great, but dangers lurk!

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  7. Very important post. Keeping track of your dogs at the beach is no joke

    Simon

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  8. I would never think to watch out for stray hooks. Tells you how often I go to the beach! Thanks for the safety tip!

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    1. I love the beach, but now I'm more careful.

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  9. Yikes I forgot about the fishermen when at the beach - thanks for the reminder

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  10. Eek! We've never run into one of those although a fisherman threatened to kick Mr. N once!

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    1. Gasp!! A fisherman threatened to kick sweet Mr N!? How dare he! I hope you told him off! How horrible.

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  11. yikes! fishing hooks always scare me when we go down to the lake and river. Good thing you found that be fore your pup did.

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    1. They scare me too. I once got a hook stuck in my palm when my brother was playing around with his fishing rod in the house. It was super painful!

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  12. Oh that is super scary! Mine don't ever go close to water, but for those that do - YIKES!

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    1. It is scary! They can get in seaweed & you wouldn't see them!

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  13. Wow! I never thought about fish hooks on the beach. And most people walk bare footed!

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  14. Great reminder! I'm so glad you spotted that and removed it so some other dog didn't suffer any consequences. It would be pretty hard to spot fish hooks in the sand and surf, even if you remember to watch out for them. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled next time I take my Sadie to the beach.

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    1. You really do need to be careful. If you see fishing line, there's probably a hook nearby!

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  15. Great advice! We only go to the dog beach but that doesn't mean we should assume it's safe! Love Dolly

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    1. True! Never assume. Fishing line & hooks could wash up anywhere.

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  16. This was a really great read! My parents have recently moved to the beach and invited me to come down with Gracie and Echo. They have never been to the beach, so it's good to know what I need to watch out for!

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    1. Thanks Katie, glad you enjoyed it. How fun, first time at the Beach for them! You'll have to do one of your awesome videos when you do.

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  17. That's scary. I thought you were going to say jellyfish.

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  18. That's scary. I thought you were going to say jellyfish.

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    1. Oh definitely jellyfish too! They are awful if they stink your dog's paw. Thanks for that reminder!

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