5 Safety Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

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Short-coated dogs, light-colored dogs, dogs with close summer haircuts, those with pink noses and hairless breeds can sunburn the same way that humans do. Even dogs with thick coats can get a sunburned nose.

Sunscreen made specifically for dogs, generally found online or at your local pet store in the summer months, is non-oily and contains ingredients that are safe for dogs. Do not use sunscreen that contains zinc because it can be toxic to dogs if ingested, and avoid sunscreens that contain fragrances.

Apply sunscreen to your dog's ears, nose, the inside of his back legs and anywhere else that receives direct sunlight. Reapply sunscreen after your dog takes a dip in the water.

For hairless breeds, consider keeping a T-shirt on your dog while he's in the sun and always provide a shady resting spot.

Once Fido is sunscreened, he's going to want to go for a romp. Make sure his free time on the beach is safe, too, by practicing the recall command -- learn how on the next page.

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