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5 Safety Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

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Warm summer temperatures at the beach can pose a threat to a dog's health. Make sure that your dog has a shady retreat under a beach umbrella, tree or picnic bench.

Bring plenty of fresh, cool water and a doggie bowl. Offer refills liberally, making sure that the water does not get hot in the sun.

Remember that the sand can be scorching on sensitive paws, so provide a blanket or towel for your dog's comfort when he takes a break from romping in the surf.

Take caution with brachycephalic (short-muzzled) breeds, such as English bulldogs, Boston terriers, boxers, pugs, Pekinese and shih tzus, because they overheat more quickly than long-snouted dogs.

Watch for signs of overheating in dogs, which include:

- Excessive/rapid panting and drooling

- Coordination problems

- Vomiting and/or diarrhea

- Collapse

- Loss of consciousness Avoiding overheating is definitely an important safety rule, but there are likely some actual laws posted at your local dog-friendly beach -- discover some of the most common ones on the next page.

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