Holiday season kicks in and you share a passion with your dog: the water. Isn’t this the best theme for a pet-friendly destination? Don’t be hasty. Restrictions, hot temperatures, and a change in routine can put your pet in real danger. Motivation gone? A few tips for careful preparation is all you need.
There are many important danger areas to consider when planning a pet-friendly holiday to the sea or lake. Have you ever thought about any of the following…
1. Shade & sunblock
Pets are just as susceptible to sunburns and skin cancer as humans are. The best way to keep your dog from getting sunburned is to get him or her under the shade. Always travel with an umbrella and position yourself under natural shadow if you can (a tree for example).
If you forget, your dog will instinctively seek shelter from the sun. Additionally, pets should always have sunblock applied to the sun-sensitive areas. But which products are safe to use?
The golden rule: if it’s safe enough for human babies, it’s harmless for your dog!
However, it can happen that your dog licks off lotions, sprays, and creams and since these substances can be toxic it is wise to consult with your veterinarian before using sunblock on your pet. Heat stroke can be the cause of the elevation of a dog´s body temperature. It can be life-threatening.
Just like humans, most of a dog’s body mass is made up of water. Without enough water, they will suffer and get sick – especially when it’s warm. A dog can manage a long time without food, but without water, he’s not going to survive. To avoid dehydration, always bring fresh water when you spend time outside and offer it to your pup at least every thirty minutes. Don’t forget to add a bit more when it’s really hot.
A GPS pet tracking device is a great idea if you and your dog spend a lot of time outdoors. Especially if you want to bring your pup on holiday – camping or hiking in an unknown area – you should consider investing in a pet tracking device like the Tractive GPS Pet Tracker. Some pets are rather adventure-seeking and you never know if your pup suddenly escapes to explore the area.
Even if your dog doesn’t like to swim, you can still enjoy a dog-friendly holiday by the sea. Bring a Frisbee or a ball and let your dog play at the seaside.
Consider your neighbors when throwing the ball to your dog on the beach
A food dispensing toy might also be a good idea to bring. It keeps your dog entertained and happy while relaxing in the shadow. Food dispensing toys can be stuffed with a great variety of treats and tasty snacks fitting for your dog’s taste.
5. First aid kit
Bring a first aid kit in case of emergency. Include rolled gauze and tape in case you need to treat a wound or injury and to stop any kind of bleeding. You can also use a towel.
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