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RSPCA ACT Summer Tips: Pool and Beach Safety

RSPCA ACT 4 January 2019

Tara is looking forward to summer with a forever family – can you help?

Summer is well and truly here, and many people are already planning their holidays to sunshine, sand and beach with their furry companion.

Here are our top tips to ensure that your holiday is everything to remember – for the right reasons!

  • Pet-Friendly? Make sure wherever you’re going allows animals. Some beaches and campsites that normally allow them may have different rules during the busy summer holiday period. Give them a phone call and do your research.
  • Make sure your pet can swim: When it comes to dogs, some breeds are instinctively comfortable in the water. It’s important to note however that some, such as Bulldogs, Pugs, Corgis and Greyhounds can find it difficult. Don’t give yourself and your pet a nasty shock by throwing them in the deep end – literally! It might be a good idea to invest in a pet life jacket. Not only will it keep them safe – it will also make some cute summer photos!
  • Watch out! Our beaches, rivers and lakes are full of interesting (and dangerous) wildlife and hazards. Look out for snakes, jellyfish, fishing hooks, netting and anything that could potentially hurt your pet. Don’t let your pet eat anything off the beach – especially seaweed. Seaweed can cause blockages in their digestive tracks and cause pain. Seek medical advice if this occurs.
  • Clean water: If your pet is thirsty enough they may drink chlorinated or salt water, both of which can be dangerous. Carry lots of fresh water for your pet to drink. Don’t forget to wash them down either!  This will prevent them from ingesting chlorine or disease when they are grooming.
  • Sun Protection: Your pet can get sunburnt too! This is especially true if they have light skin/fur or short hair. Sunscreen can protect your pet from the harmful effects of the sizzling summer sun and decrease their chances of skin cancer. You should also aim to reduce overall sun exposure by providing shade and other sun barriers whenever possible. Use a non-toxic, hypoallergenic sunscreen formulated specifically for use on pets. Ask your vet care professional for some pet-friendly options. Zinc is toxic to dogs so always read your labels when purchasing sunscreen for your dog. Remember how hot it was the last time you walked on the beach without thongs? If the sand is hot, it could be painful for your pet’s feet.
  • Pick up the poo! Keep our environment clean and fresh for the next person and their pet to enjoy. Always pick up any droppings before you leave!

Make Summer a time of fond memories. Keep safe and give your pets a cuddle from us!

Do you have any questions about animals that you’d like us to discuss? Let us know in the comments below or email us at rspca@rspca-act.org.au.

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