Pampering Your Dog at the Beach

Did you know that Cape San Blas is one of the top 10 most spectacular dog-friendly beaches in America? Because dogs love going to the beach and we love dogs, we’re sharing the following tips from a recent Facebook post we made to our page. These ideas will help to keep your dog happy and safe.
Pampering Your Dog at the Beach
• Provide plenty of fresh water and shade for your dog. Bring an umbrella tent for shade and a dog bowl for water. Don’t let your dog drink salty ocean water or they will get sick.

• Sand is HOT! If you can’t walk on it with bare feet, then neither should your dog. Hot sand and asphalt can burn your dog’s paw pads.

• Dogs are able to get sunburned. This is especially true of short-haired dogs and those with pink skin and white hair. Limit your dog’s exposure in the sun. When it is unusually strong, apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside. Use a sunblock that is specifically made for dogs.

• Check the daily water conditions – dogs are easy targets for jellyfish and sea lice (microscopic larvae of jellyfish). Sea lice are virtually impossible to see when in the water and the only sign that they are present is the blistering rash they cause.

• Salt and other minerals found in the ocean can damage your dog’s coat. When you are ready to leave for the day, rinse him off with fresh water at an outdoor shower found near most beaches.

Pampering Your Dog at the Beach
Most dogs can swim and they love it, but if this is your dogs first time to the beach test them to be sure they can swim.

Tips for teaching your dog to swim:
• Never throw your dog in the water.

• Start in shallow water and call your dog’s name, or coax him in with a treat or toy. Always keep your dog within reach.

• Try introducing your dog to the water with another dog that already swims and likes the water. Your dog will learn from the other dog!

• If your dog begins to doggy paddle with his front legs only, lift his hind legs and help him float. He should quickly catch on and will then keep his back end up.

• Swimming is a great form of exercise but don’t let your dog overdo it. He will be using new muscles and may tire quickly.

• Be mindful of strong tides that are hazardous for even the best swimmers.

• Never leave your dog unattended! You should always be in a position to help him out of the water if he tires quickly.

Pampering Your Dog at the Beach
There are dogs that just don’t like water. Some dogs can’t swim, but they may learn over time. For dogs such as Greyhounds with low body fat, they can sink (and expend extra energy panicking and trying to swim) and are prone to hypothermia. Consider getting them a pet life vest available wherever pet supplies are sold.

65 Reasons to Bring Your Pet on Your Next Beach Vacation

Pet owners across the country have plenty of good reasons to bring their pets along on the family vacation each year. Sadly though, there are many accommodation providers that simply aren’t welcoming to your four legged family members. That’s not the case with Sunset Reflections Vacation Rentals. We have 65+ reasons why you should bring your pets with you and you’re going to love how comfortable and beautifully equipped each of these pet friendly vacation rentals are.

Our pet-friendly vacation rentals in Cape San Blas FL aren’t second rate either. These homes are top notch with high end appliances, swimming pools and gorgeous decorations. Everything you (and your pets) need for that perfect vacation is available and waiting for you right here.

Sugar Dunes - One of 65 Reasons to Bring Your Pet on Your Next Vacation
Sugar Dunes is a gulf front single-family home with an open floor plan that’s perfect for those with four legged family members. From the spacious porches you can enjoy the gorgeous coastal views and sunsets. Relax in the fenced in swimming pool or hot tub. Recently remodeled this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home sleeps 12 and has wood floors, tiled bathrooms and foyer, stainless steel appliances and plenty of deck and pool furniture. Bonus! Your reservation includes $250 worth of adventure gear rental!

Southern Belle- One of 65 Reasons to Bring Your Pet on Your Next Vacation
Southern Belle sleeps up to 14 people comfortably in its 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Pets are allowed in this beautiful beachfront home with a private heated pool, partially screened in porch and a beachfront hot tub. They’ll love taking walks along the beach every morning and evening with you. Enjoy your own private walkway to the beach and an enclosed outdoor shower providing both hot and cold water. Bonus! Your reservation includes $250 worth of adventure gear rental that will be delivered to where you’re staying prior to your arrival.

Sunset Paradise A tSeacliffs -- One of 65 Reasons to Bring Your Pet on Your Next Vacation
For those looking for a smaller pet-friendly home take a look at Sunset Paradise at Seacliffs. This beautiful Gulf-front home provides gorgeous views of the white, sugar sand beaches and emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. All 3 bedrooms have their own en suite bathrooms plus a half bath on the main level. This home gets beautiful sunset views. The community this home is in has an extra large swimming pool, a playground area for the kids and a large stretch of undeveloped beach north of the complex, making for very low density on the beach. It is just a 1/2 mile to St Joseph Peninsula State Park where you can enjoy a boat launch, hiking, bike trails, and both Bay and Gulf beaches. Whether your vacation is sitting under an umbrella on the white-sandy beaches, biking the length of Cape San Blas or fishing from a kayak in the Bay, you’ll get a $250 credit towards your vacation rental gear that is sure to go a long way