Its summer time and everybody wants to hit the beach, even your dog! If you are planning on taking your dog down to the beach, you might want to take a few precautions before both of you hit the water.

  • When taking your dog to the beach, make sure there is plenty of fresh water and shade. The hot sun will dehydrate him quickly.
  • Dogs can get sunburned just like humans, so limit your dog’s exposure to the hot sun and apply a zinc-free sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside. It would help to carry a sun protective jacket for your dog such as the Body Glove SPF 50 dog rashguard. It will protect your dog from the sun.
  • Be careful not to let your dog spend too much time on hot sand or asphalt. Dogs can burn their feet just as easily as we can.
  • Cool ocean water is very tempting to a dog. Don’t allow your dog to drink too much seawater. This can cause diarrhea or vomiting and quickly dehydrate them.
  • Check with lifeguards for daily water conditions. Dogs can be easy targets for jellyfish.
  • Swimming is a great form of exercise for dogs, but don’t let them overdo it. They will be using new muscles and may tire quickly. Also, remember to put a life jacket on the little fella. You can pick up a life jacket from the Body Glove store. The body glove dog life jacket is made specifically for dogs hitting the beach!
  • Running on a beach is strenuous exercise and a dog that is out of shape can easily pull a tendon or ligament. If your dog is out of shape, don’t encourage him to run on the sand.
  • The beach can present many hazards for your dog. Things to watch out for include boats, fishhooks, dead fish, garbage, and broken glass.
  • Salt and other minerals in ocean water can damage your dog’s coat, so rinse him off at the end of the day.

Summer is full of all sorts of fun activities. While being outdoors in the summer sun is enjoyable it is also nice to be able to cool down. If you like to do lots of outdoor activities with your dog or your dog is primarily outdoors make sure to provide them with ample ways to stay cool because while we can always escape to air-conditioning your dog might not be able to. Below is a list of some ways to help ensure that your dog has the ability to stay cool on those hot summer days.

1. Skamper ramp– this is a must have item if you have a pool. Even if your dog is a good swimmer it’s a good idea to have one of these in your pool. It’s an angled white ramp which allows it to be seen by all animals, snakes, spider, cats, possums and other sorts of critters that might wander into your pool. According to the makers of this product dogs are the only animals that need to be trained on how to use it, and once trained it could help save the life of your dog.

2. Dog pool–  if you do not have a pool and your dog does enjoy the water this is a nice way to help keep our dog cool on those hot summer days. Even if you do have a pool and you don’t want your dog to have access to it when you are not home this is a great solution to allow your dog access to water.

3. Dogzilla dog toy deep freeze– if your dog is like mine and loves ice, but you hate the mess that it can leave behind, then this is a great toy for both you and your dog. Stick this toy in the freezer the night before and give it to your dog to play with as a nice treat. It’s also great if you are hesitant to give your dog ice without your supervision.

4. Insulated dog house– if you live in an area that is particularly hot and your dog is primarily an outdoor dog then an insulated dog house might be something for you to consider buying. Insulated dog houses are great for hot days or cold winter nights.

5. Outdoor wicker pet bed with canopy– this wicker pet bed is so nice you might consider buying one for yourself. This posh dog bed looks like something that you would see at a beach resort. This is a great way to give your dog the comfort of a dog bed with the added bonus of a canopy for shade.

So this summer help make those hot days more enjoyable for your dog and purchases some accessories to help ensure that they stay cool. That way your dog is happy and you don’t have to worry about where or how your dog is going to escape the heat.  If you have any other helpful accessories or suggestions on how you keep your pets cool in the summer feel free to leave them below.