Your Golden Retriever loves summer as much as you do!
If you’re looking for a fun getaway during summertime, it’s natural to want to go to the beach and have some fun outside. In fact, a lot of dog owners love to take their pets along with the to the beach so that they can enjoy the beautiful weather as well.
Dogs have a time of their lives at the beach.
But, there are still a few things you need to keep in mind when taking your dog out for the much-needed getaway.
Your furry friend is your responsibility.
In this blog post, we’d like to go through how you can keep your Golden Retriever safe at the beach so that the two of you can enjoy your time together.
Let’s get started!
- A Few Things to Keep In Mind When Taking Your Dog to the Beach
- 1. Your Goldy Shouldn’t Drink Saltwater
- 2. Your Golden Retriever Might Not Know How to Swim in the Sea
- 3. Your Golden Retriever Needs SPF
- 4. Cover Your Dog Up!
- 5. Don’t Overexert Your Goldy
- 6. Rinse Your Dog Thoroughly
- So, rinse away!
- 7. Watch Out for the Sand!
- Summing Up: How to Keep Your Golden Retriever Safe at the Beach
There are a few things that a responsible dog owner needs to keep in mind when taking his dog for a fun day out in the water. In this section of the blog, we’ll share the things that you must know.
Let’s get started!
Did you know that salt is actually very bad for your dog’s health?
Dogs and humans share about 86% of their genes so, what’s unfit for human consumption is also unfit for your dog to have. So, saltwater is a complete no-no for your furry companion.
While we’re at it, keep it a point to bring your dog’s water bowl along with a few bottles of water for yourself so that you stay hydrated.
It’s true that Golden Retrievers are excellent swimmers because they were bred to retrieve water and land fowl.
They even have webbed feet especially for that.
However, you shouldn’t just throw your dog in the sea and expect him to be able to swim. In fact, you should invest in a life jacket for your Goldy so that you know that he’s safe in the water.
As I mentioned earlier, dogs and humans share 86% of their genetic makeup. So, if the sun’s bad for you, it's also bad for your doggy friend.
Dogs get sunburns, too.
You should invest a sunscreen which is specially formulated for your Golden Retriever and ensure that it is at least SPF 30. Don’t forget to put it on your dog’s ears and nose as well!
After you’ve had your fun in the sun for a while, it is a good idea to take a ‘timeout’ from the sun and head to the shady areas where you can re-hydrate.
After all your body needs it and so does your dog’s. You can invest in a nice and comfortable tent for your dog for this break.
Your dog will probably enjoy playing on the beach.
But, because of all the excitement, your Golden Retriever can end up over exerting himself. This is something that can lead to your dog getting heat stroke if your dog doesn’t take breaks between playtime.
So, ensure that your dog is resting as well.
Excitable dogs such as the Golden Retrievers can get so over excited that they don’t even realize that they’re tired. This is where you, as the dog owner, have to step in to ensure that everything’s a-okay.
After a fun day of playing in the sand at the beach, you should make it a point to rinse your Golden Retriever thoroughly.
While your dog has the time of his life at the beach, your dog’s coat can get accumulated with a lot of bacteria, salt, and sand which is essentially bad for your dog’s health because it’s a hotbed for infections.
Well, if you know Golden Retrievers then you know that they have a tendency to eat anything and everything they can find---this includes sand and other inedible things they may find at the beach.
- Eating sand can upset your dog’s stomach and can also lead to other gastrointestinal problems
- Eating shellfish, stones, etc. can cause your dog to choke on them and can cause gastrointestinal injury as well
So, save your dog from getting an upset tummy after a beach trip and keep an eye on what your dog has in his mouth.
You need to take some extra care of your Golden Retriever when at the beach.
This is because if you don’t keep a close eye on your furry friend, things can easily get out of hand and cause a lot of serious issues that may warrant a trip to the vet. So, it is essential that you always stay vigilant and keep a close eye on your dog.
If possible, keep him on the leash most of the time.
Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comments and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!