If you’re like us you’re trying to squeeze in as much outdoor time before the weather cools down. Here are a few tips to make your summer to fall transition a pleasant and safe trip:

  • Even though summer is almost over keep in mind even for the rest of the year theses helpful hints:
  • Watch out for trash, broken bottles and anything buried in the sand. Says Dr. Radke.
  • In the water, look for currents, waves, undertows and boat traffic. She adds. Don’t let your pet swim too far.

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  • Make sure your pet has proper identification- a microchip and or a ID tag.
  • There’s typically no shade at the beach, so use natural sunscreen for your dog’s nose and ears, especially if the pet is light-colored and has a thin coat. Consider bringing a beach umbrella so he can take a break from the sun.
  • Bring water from home so he doesn’t drink lake or salt water.
  • Be careful that your dog doesn’t get overheated or overly tired.

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  • In the car on the way home, open the vents but don’t turn on the air conditioner so you can both cool down gradually.
  • After a beach visit, rinse your dog with clean water to remove any sea or lake water and sand from their coat.
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