Some of the top pet-friendly beaches in the United States are Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area in Manasquan, N.J.; Fort De Soto Paw Playground and Beach in Saint Petersburg, Fla;, Walton Rocks Dog Beach in Jensen Beach, Fla;, Longport Dog Beach in Somers Point, N.J.; and Dog Beach in Panama City Beach, Fla., according to Bring Fido. Most of the highest-rated beaches are located in New Jersey and Florida.
Additional dog-friendly beaches include Anne's Beach in Islamorada, Fla.; Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach, Fla; and Gulfside Beach in Sanibel, Fla. When bringing a dog to the beach, it is important to provide adequate protection against the sun and dehydration. Dogs are as capable of developing sunburns and may need to be protected with sunscreen in areas covered by little or no fur, such as the ears, face, nose and stomach. Dogs should be provided with a safe place to relax in the shade.
Owners should monitor their pets' behavior and be aware of possible signs of heat exhaustion, which include coordination problems, excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Dogs should be provided with a blanket or towel to rest their paws on to protect them from the hot sand.