Today’s article is aimed at those who live near the sea as they can enjoy a day at the beach with their dogs throughout the year. As the weather becomes cooler there is more opportunity to go to the beach than in the hot summer months. Today, we want to give you a few tips so that this day of enjoyment does not become an unpleasant experience.
Basic care and advice to enjoy a day at the beach with your dog
The UAE is full of beautiful beaches but unfortunately not all of them permit dogs. Since June 2011, it has been illegal to walk dogs of the leash, the law states that dogs in Dubai must be kept on a leash at all times on public property. Unfortunately, parks and beaches fall under the category of ‘public property’ and falling to follow these rules may result in a fine of at least 10,000 Dhs.
There are, however, a number of beaches that do allow dogs.
Kite Beach Centre in Umm Al Quaint – for just AED 50 per pet, and AED 10 per owner, you can head to the Kite Beach Centre in UAQ with your dog(s) for a lovely morning or late afternoon by the seaside.
Kite Beach in Abu Dhabi – located next to Yas Island residential, Kite Beach in the capital is perfect to exercise your dog(s) as they can run freely and swim in the sea. The area is quiet early morning and great for a run with your pet.
Beach behind Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah – this beach in the emirate of RAK is dog-friendly and provides ample space for your pooch to explore and swim in the sun.
Beware of heat strokes!
If you want to avoid a major scare, follow these recommendations:
– Take an umbrella so that your dog can lie in the shade so he does not burn.
– Ensure that fresh drinking water is available so that your dog does not become dehydrated.
– Refresh the dog in the water, especially the neck, armpits, groin, abdomen and limbs areas.
– It is not recommended that you spend more than 2 hours on the beach with your dog. In addition, it is necessary to avoid the hours of maximum sun exposure, such as between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Beware of hooks!
Unfortunately, there can be hooks on the beach and in the sea – to minimize the risk of your dog swallowing a hook, avoid the fishing areas.
If you do find a thread coming out of your dog’s mouth you should go to the Modern Veterinary Clinic in Dubai, a dog veterinarian near me. There will be a consultation and an x-ray to locate where the hook is lodged. If the hook lodges in the mouth, with sedation and treatment this will usually solve the problem. It is more problematic when the hook goes to the esophagus or the following sections of the digestive system. The hook can be removed and recovery is immediate, but in the worst case some animals require surgery to extract it, which will mean the recovery is slower.
Prevent your dog from drinking excessive sea water
If your dog drinks a lot of sea water it may produce gastritis or gastroenteritis and it is quite common for vomiting and diarrhea to appear during the following hours. It is also quite common that sand appears in the dogs’ feces.
Take a shower when you get home
When you arrive home from the beach bath your dog to remove excess salt and sand from their fur. It is recommended to first rinse with water, then apply a specific shampoo for dogs, rinse the shampoo with water and remove excess moisture with a towel.
It is also common in winter to see cases of dermatitis and pyoderma (skin infection). These cases are quite serious as a result of the scratching and licking that animals do on their skin because of the discomfort caused by salt.
If you are concerned about any of these issues please contact Modern Veterinary Clinic on
04 395 31 31