Most dogs love the water. If your pup is one of them, you certainly want to give him the opportunity to enjoy a holiday by the sea. But those of us who have tried bringing our four-legged friend to the sea know that there are also downsides and dangers to water-holidays. But as long as you are aware of these and bring the right equipment, everything will be great. You’ll come home completely de-stressed, accompanied by a happy dog.
5 things not to forget when packing for a dog friendly holiday by the sea:
Shade & sunblock
All dog owners know that our furry friends are just as susceptible to sunburns and potential skin cancer as we are. The best way to keep your dog from getting sunburned is simply to provide shade. When you go to the sea or beach it is, therefore, important that you bring a big umbrella or place yourself under a tree (if possible). When the heat is too intense, 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? A general rule is that anything safe for human babies is OK to use on pets too. However, it can happen that your dog licks off lotions, spray and creams and since these substances can be toxic it is wise to consult with your veterinarian before using sunblock on your pet.
Just like humans, most of a dog’s body 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.
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. But be aware that you don’t disturb or annoy other people with the ball-throwing. 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 tasties fitting for your dog’s taste.
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.
GPS Pet Tracker
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.
Inform yourself about heat stroke in dogs: