5 Beach Safety Tips for Your Dog

The sun is shining, the salty breeze is blowing, and the sand is sparkling. As you enjoy your trips to the beach with your dog this summer, consider the following tips from Little River Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, VA. We want you and your dog to have fun at the beach, but we want you to be safe, too. These tips will help you do both.

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  1. Check the Temperature: On hot, sunny days, the sand can get pretty hot in a short amount of time, especially in the early afternoon hours. Hot sand can irritate or even burn your dog’s paw pads, so either bring a couple pairs of dog booties to the beach with you, or simply limit your visits to when it’s a little cooler out.
  1. Don’t Let Your Dog Drink the Water: Both salt and fresh water beaches can cause dogs to become sick if large amounts are ingested, so keep an eye on your dog if they decide to go for a swim to chase that Frisbee. Bring plenty of water from home to keep your dog hydrated, and don’t forget the bowl!

 

  1. Follow the Beach’s Pet Policy: Many pet-friendly beaches require that dogs be on a leash at all times. This is for the safety of all beach goers, four-legged and two-legged. Keep in mind that some beaches allow dogs only during certain hours or in certain areas. And as with all public places that allow pets, make sure to properly clean and pick up after your dog.

 

  1. Beware of Water Dangers: If you’re not 100% sure how your well your dog can swim in a lake or ocean, you might want to consider having them wear a life vest to start. Some other potential water risks are blue-green algae, jellyfish, and oyster shells. Blue-green algae is toxic to both pets and people if ingested and can result in diarrhea and vomiting, among other symptoms. Jellyfish and oyster shells can also pose a threat, so keep an eye out for these dangers while you and your dog are in the water.

 

  1. Don’t Forget the Sunscreen: Certain breeds with light-colored noses or thin coats are at a greater risk of sunburn, so either have your dog wear a thin T-shirt to protect their skin, or apply a fragrance-free pet sunscreen. Make sure to cover the nose, ear tips, and belly, as these are the areas that most likely to get burned.

 

If you would like more information on ways to keep your dog safe at the beach this summer, let us know! Our team will be happy to help.

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Top 3 Pet Travel Tips

Planning a summer getaway with your four-legged friend this summer? Little River Veterinary Clinic wants to help you prepare so your pet can be safe and have fun at the same time. Whether you’ll be traveling by plane or by car, there are a number of things that you need to consider before bringing your pet along. We’ve selected three tips that we consider to be a few of the most important things to keep in mind when traveling with a pet.

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  1. Make Sure Your Pet is Comfortable and Healthy Enough for Travel

To help prepare your pet for travel, you can slowly get them acclimated to being in a carrier or vehicle for an extended period of time. Start off with short increments of time (about 15 minutes), then gradually increase the length of time over a few weeks before your trip. This can help decrease any stress that your pet might experience during your drive or flight, especially if it’s a long trip.

We also recommend that you schedule a wellness exam so we can be sure that your pet is up-to-date with their vaccinations and doesn’t have any underlying health issues that could prevent safe travel. In addition, many airlines require a healthy certificate prior to travel anyway, so this exam will allow us to issue that certificate for you.

On the other hand, however, even with all the proper preparation, some pets just do not like to travel—especially cats—and won’t hesitate to let you know it. If you suspect that that’s the case with YOUR pet, we can make some additional, personalized recommendations for how to relieve any stress during air or road travel during a behavior appointment with Dr. Downs. We may also recommend our canine or feline Boarding services.

  1. Bring Pet and Emergency Supplies

Any time you leave your home with your pet for an extended period of time, you should have a pet kit on hand with all the supplies that you keep at home for their needs. This includes their ID tag, collar, leash, bowls, food, water, etc. You should also bring a first aid kit, which should include both Little River Veterinary Clinic’s phone number (703-273-5110) and the number of the nearest emergency pet clinic to your destination, in case your pet gets injured during your trip. If you are near our clinic when your pet is having an emergency, call us immediately. We offer emergency services during our normal business hours. We can also make referrals to several nearby emergency pet hospitals as well, for after-hours cases.

  1. Research Your Destination

 Whether you’ll be turning in at a hotel, at someone’s home, or perhaps camping in the woods as your final destination, make sure you do your homework first. Here are some questions to consider:

  • What is the hotel’s pet policy?
  • Do your friends/relatives know you’re bringing a pet?
  • Is there anyone who may have pet allergies?
  • Will there be other pets at your final destination?
  • What is the camp site/park’s pet policy?

The more prepared you are with the answers to these questions, the greater the chances are that your pet will be safe and be able to enjoy your summer trip.

Is YOUR Pet Ready for Travel?

We hope so, but if you need to book a wellness exam, behavior consultation, boarding stay, or a visit to Little River Veterinary Clinic for any other reason prior to your trip, feel free to Contact Us. Our team members will be happy to help you prepare your pet for your summer retreat!

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Top 3 Pet Travel Tips

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Planning a summer getaway with your four-legged friend this summer? Little River Veterinary Clinic wants to help you prepare so your pet can be safe and have fun at the same time. Whether you’ll be traveling by plane or by car, there are a number of things that you need to consider before bringing your pet along. We’ve selected three tips that we consider to be a few of the most important things to keep in mind when traveling with a pet.

  1. Make Sure Your Pet is Comfortable and Healthy Enough for Travel

 

To help prepare your pet for travel, you can slowly get them acclimated to being in a carrier or vehicle for an extended period of time. Start off with short increments of time (about 15 minutes), then gradually increase the length of time over a few weeks before your trip. This can help decrease any stress that your pet might experience during your drive or flight, especially if it’s a long trip.

We also recommend that you schedule a wellness exam so we can be sure that your pet is up-to-date with their vaccinations and doesn’t have any underlying health issues that could prevent safe travel. In addition, many airlines require a healthy certificate prior to travel anyway, so this exam will allow us to issue that certificate for you.

On the other hand, however, even with all the proper preparation, some pets just do not like to travel—especially cats—and won’t hesitate to let you know it. If you suspect that that’s the case with YOUR pet, we can make some additional, personalized recommendations for how to relieve any stress during air or road travel during a behavior appointment with Dr. Downs. We may also recommend our canine or feline Boarding services.

 

  1. Bring Pet and Emergency Supplies

Any time you leave your home with your pet for an extended period of time, you should have a pet kit on hand with all the supplies that you keep at home for their needs. This includes their ID tag, collar, leash, bowls, food, water, etc. You should also bring a first aid kit, which should include both Little River Veterinary Clinic’s phone number (703-273-5110) and the number of the nearest emergency pet clinic to your destination, in case your pet gets injured during your trip. If you are near our clinic when your pet is having an emergency, call us immediately. We offer emergency services during our normal business hours. We can also make referrals to several nearby emergency pet hospitals as well, for after-hours cases.

  1. Research Your Destination

 

Whether you’ll be turning in at a hotel, at someone’s home, or perhaps camping in the woods as your final destination, make sure you do your homework first. Here are some questions to consider:

  • What is the hotel’s pet policy?
  • Do your friends/relatives know you’re bringing a pet?
  • Is there anyone who may have pet allergies?
  • Will there be other pets at your final destination?
  • What is the camp site/park’s pet policy?

The more prepared you are with the answers to these questions, the greater the chances are that your pet will be safe and be able to enjoy your summer trip.

Is YOUR Pet Ready for Travel?

 

We hope so, but if you need to book a wellness exam, behavior consultation, boarding stay, or a visit to Little River Veterinary Clinic for any other reason prior to your trip, feel free to Contact Us. Our team members will be happy to help you prepare your pet for your summer retreat!

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