A day at the beach is a fun summer activity and we have plenty of coastlines to enjoy with their pups. Here are some of the most popular dog beaches in Pinellas County. . Here are some things to be aware of when enjoying the surf.
Salt water - Always provide fresh drinking water for your pup and discourage them from drinking any salt water. A little bit of saltwater can cause your dog to have diarrhea. Large amounts can cause a potentially fatal chemical imbalance in your dog’s body.
Hot sand and hot pavement is tough too right Martha? The dangers of hot asphalt are discussed every summer but sand can also get blisteringly hot in the Florida sun. Wear shoes or time your beach visit outside of midday. Plus, outdoor temp is 77 it could be as hot as 125 on those paws or for us here in Florida- midday it's near 90 that means asphalt could be as hot as 143.
We heard a little about red tide sightings last week what should we know about pups and red tide? , “red tide” events occur almost annually with unpredictable severity. The main organism responsible for these events, Karenia brevis, can cause respiratory distress. Eating or playing with wildlife that has died from red tide events can cause your dog to get very sick. Year-round red tide status can be checked on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.
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