great tipsHi Kelly, you are right to be concerned about the safety of your Bullies at the beach, they don't tolerate heat very well, and only for short periods of time. You don't want them drinking any salt water, as this can make them sick, and cause diarrhea, and can also cause dehydration. You want to make sure you have collapsible water bowls with you, and plenty of fresh water for them to drink. Make sure they have shaded areas to cool off and rest and to get out of the sun. Bullies can get sunburned easily, just like people, especially the white ones with pink skin, you want to protect their skin, nose and ears with sunscreen, also the sand can be very hot on their sensitive paws, and cause burns, blisters and sores, as well as they can cut their paws on rocks, glass, and shells. Watch that they don't ingest things like garbage, seaweed, or other foreign objects. Also keep vinegar on hand to rinse them if they get a cut or sore, or if they get stung by a bee, wasp or jellyfish, it will take the stinging away. Make sure you have their collars on them with their ID tags in case they get lost. Make sure you have a life jacket on them because Bullies can't swim.
Here is a list of some other tips for Beach Safety with Your Dog
1. Not all dogs can swim. Thatís right, the doggie paddle does not come naturally to every dog Ö like Ty for example. In fact, certain breeds like Corgis and Pugs donít swim at all. Find some quiet water and give your dog a chance to show you if he can swim or not by encouraging him to follow you. Never throw your dog in the water and expect him to swim.
2. Drinking salt water is a bad idea. This is logical, and yet getting Buster continues to try to lap up the ocean. The more I want him to stop Ė the more he wants to drink. In the event you have more luck with your dog, pack plenty of water to keep you both hydrated.
3. Invest in a life vest. Waves, current, and rip tides can quickly exhaust your dog, and that can be deadly. Life vests made specially for dogs come in all sizes. When youíre making your selection, look for one that fastens at three points and has a handle on the back, making it easy for you to lift your dog out of the water.
4. Use sun screen. Youíre not the only one that needs to be concerned with sun burn. Get a sun screen specially formulated for dogs and apply it to your dogís nose and ears 30 minutes before hitting the beach.
5. Beware of submerged dangers. Sharp rocks, shells, coral, and jellyfish can injure your dog. And, because dogs often donít indicate when theyíre in pain, youíll need to watch his body language and carefully check him for cuts and scrapes.
6. Calm water is best. Surf boards, jet skis, and big waves can frighten your dog. Find a quiet place to play with your pup, or locate a local dog beach were surfing and boating are not allowed.
7. Head for cover. The sun and the sand are fun, but itís nice to have a place to take a break in the shade and out of the wind. Consider bringing an inexpensive tent to give you and your dog a comfortable place to relax.
8. Donít overdo it. Running on sand is strenuous, so donít expect your dog to be able to fetch as long as he might at the dog park. And, start slow, giving him time to warm up to avoid a muscle pull.
9. Cold water can hurt. Remember, if your dog has arthritis or other joint issues, swimming in cold water can irritate the condition. Stick to shallow water and bays where the water is warmer.
10. Rinse thoroughly. When youíre done playing, take time to rinse salt, sand, and microscopic organisms from your dogís coat. Also, be sure to dry your dogís ears as moisture in the ear canal can cause ear infections.