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Tips for Taking Your Dog to the Beach

Dog at the beach

Photo by Ruel Madelo from Pexels

 

When summer rolls around, it brings long days, sunshine and trips to the beach.

If you love to go to the beach, and you love your furry best friend, of course, you’ll want to bring your dog to the beach with you!

That will raise a few questions: Can I bring my dog to the beach? Are lake or beach water bad for my dog? Can a puppy go to the beach? How do I protect my dog on the beach?

In this post, we review tips and a checklist for taking your dog to the beach so that you can both have fun while keeping your furry friend safe.

 

Tips for taking your dog to the beach

  • Make sure dogs are allowed at the beach
  • Make sure your dog knows how to swim
  • Have fresh water and shade
  • Keep them out of dangerous water
  • Don’t let them drink salt water
  • Avoid a sunburn

 

Make sure dogs are allowed at the beach

First things first: make sure that the beach you are going to will allow you to bring dogs on the beach. Many beaches do allow dogs, but not all do, so make sure you’re following the rules.

 

Make sure your dog knows how to swim

Cute dog at beachSome dogs are natural swimmers, such as golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers. Others don’t like the water or are not very good at swimming.

If it’s your dog’s first trip to the beach, don’t just assume they can swim. Take it easy at first and don’t push them or get them overly excited.

There are places that offer dog swimming lessons. Consider searching for one and seeing if they will teach your breed of dog.

 

Have fresh water and shade

Just like you need to make sure you’re hydrated on a hot summer day, your dog needs to do the same. Make sure you have clean fresh water ready for your dog and a good bowl that won’t get too hot.

Also, make sure they will have a shady spot to rest, and if not, bring an umbrella or beach tent for them to rest under. Dogs can get dehydrated, exhausted and sunstroke, so don’t let it happen.

 

Keep them out of dangerous water

If your dog likes to go in the water, make sure it’s in a spot with calm water that’s safe for them to play in. Don’t let them go near any water that may have riptides. Keep them away from choppy water caused by boats or jet skis.  These can be tough even for a good swimmer.

 

Don’t let them drink salt water

Many dogs really like to drink salt water, but it doesn’t mean that they should. A little bit might be okay but don’t let them drink too much. You should have brought plenty of fresh water for them, so get them drinking that instead. If not, you might be dealing with an upset stomach or dog diarrhea. 

 

Avoid a sunburn

Just like humans can get a sunburn at the beach, so can a dog. This can be true if they are very lightly colored or have short hair.

Often the ears and nose are the most susceptible to sunburn. To keep your dog safe, limit their exposure during the brightest of the sun (10am-4pm), consider a dog sunscreen or even a dog sun shirt.

Related: Dog Sunburn: The Basics

 

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

 


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Poisonous Mushrooms to Dogs – The Toxic Mushrooms in Your Yard

In this post, we review wild mushrooms and how they can be dangerous to dogs and share a list of mushrooms poisonous to dogs.

Toxic Mushrooms Dogs WarningMushrooms grow everywhere outdoors, in our parks and our yards. 

They are especially plentiful in years when there is a lot of rain, particularly during the spring and fall seasons.

With mushrooms growing everywhere, it’s natural to ask, is it safe for my dog to eat a wild mushroom?

Many dogs will ignore mushrooms growing outdoors, but some dogs will sniff one and then grab it to eat whole. Is it safe?

Just like you’ve been warned not to just pick up any mushroom you find outdoors and pop it into your mouth, the same would go for your pet.

You should not let your dog consume a mushroom it finds outside. 

99% percent of mushrooms are harmless but that remaining 1% can be extremely dangerous, and even deadly to both humans and dogs.

Do not let your dog eat wild mushrooms!

 

Remove mushrooms from your yard

False Parasol mushroom is toxic to dogs

False Parasol mushroom is toxic to dogs!

It wouldn’t be a bad idea for you to check your yard for mushrooms and remove any that you do find. It’s much easier to get rid of them all than to try and identify them.

It’s difficult for the average person to identify wild mushrooms and tell the difference between safe and poisonous ones. Sometimes the differences between varieties can be very subtle.

The safest thing to do is remove any that you find and throw them in the garbage. 

 

What types of mushrooms are toxic to dogs?

Many dogs die every year from eating poisonous wild mushrooms. Many others are sickened by them. 

The level of sickness or danger will depend on the type of mushroom eaten by your dog and how much of it was consumed.

One of the most common mushrooms that are dangerous for your dog are those in the Amanita family of mushrooms, otherwise known as the “death cap” mushroom.

Even a small amount of an Amanita mushroom can kill your dog because it is so toxic to their liver. 

Unfortunately, this kind of mushroom can be attractive to dogs because they have a smell that can be enticing to dogs.

Amanita Phalloides - Mushroom poisonous to dogs

Amanita Phalloides – Mushroom poisonous to dogs

 

List of mushrooms poisonous to dogs

  • Amanita phalloides (Death Cap Mushroom)
  • Amanita Ocreata (Angel of Death)
  • Amanita Pantherina (Panther Cap)
  • Amanita muscaria (Fly Agaric)
  • Lepiota (False Parasol)
  • Galerina
  • Inocybe
  • Clitocybe
  • Gyromitra Esculenta (Beefsteak)
  • Gyromitra Caroliniana
  • Mushrooms in the Verpa genre
  • Mushrooms in the Helvella genre
  • Boletus
  • Chlorophyllum
  • Entolomo
  • Conocybe
  • Gymnopilus
  • Psilocybe
  • Panaeolus

 

Symptoms of Mushroom Poisoning in Dogs

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Inactivity
  • Bleeding
  • Yellowing of the skin
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Strong heartbeat
  • Excessive drooling
  • Seizures
  • Coma

If your dog is showing these symptoms and you believe they may have eaten a mushroom, contact your veterinarian immediately.

 


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Sources: 
Mushroom Poisoning in Dogs – Pet MD
6 Poisonous Mushrooms That Are Toxic to Dogs – Pet MD
When dogs eat poisonous mushrooms: What to do? – Tractive
Mushrooms Poisonous to Pets – Petfinder
Mushroom Poisoning in Dogs – Pet MD
Are backyard mushrooms toxic to dogs? – Namyco
Can mushrooms make dogs sick? – Petfinder
What happens if your dog eats a mushroom? – AKC
Can mushrooms kill dogs? – Preventive Vet