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shish Tzu going on trip Sanibel Island

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shish Tzu going on trip Sanibel Island

We are taking our small shish tzu dog on our trip. We understand leashed dogs ae allowed on the beach. Does anyone have any knowledge of dogs on the beach at Sanibel? Any potential problems with a smal dog on the beach? Thanks for your responses.....

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1. Re: shish Tzu going on trip Sanibel Island

Just leashed and poop scooped.

Do you have a place to stay already that allows dogs? If so, if you take him to the beach - make sure he has some shade, use an umbrella, and have water for him.

There are a few restaurants that allow dogs outside - Over Easy is a great place for breakfast.

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I've also seen dogs at Island Cow....outside dining of course. Lots of dogs on the beach too. One thing that you may want to consider for that little dog....sunscreen. I had a shish tzu, and during the summer, I kept her hair clipped rather short. The poor thing would get sunburned!

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Thank you for your helpful advice. Yes, we have a place aleady that permits a dog. I also wondered if any precautions need taken in regard to " other wildlife" on the beach and bike trails. I realize this sounds a bit silly. Specifically, any issues with birds and small dog on the beach? Can the dog safely go into the water assuming the current into too strong? Would a dog be permitted to go into the wildlife refuge area on the island, if so, any safety issues? Am I correct to assume dogs can be walked on the bike trails? Once again thanks for your helpful responses to this first time visitor to Sanibel Island.

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I've seen dogs walked on the beach and the bike trails. For the preserve, I dunno. I would call when you get there - but as I type that, I don't think I would bring my dog there. It is a nature preserve, lots of wildlife. Why take a chance?

Have you seen those really long leashes - used for training? We have a 15 ft one, I used it when I was training my rescue dog ( he is a LARGE dog, we rescued him from being made into a fighting dog ). Anyway - I took him to HIlton Head several years ago, I walked the beach every morning with him and let him in the water with this leash on. I could actually let him play and swim, while keeping hold of it. I do the same thing at our cottage in N Michigan, on our beach. There are bear, beaver, etc - I need to keep track of him. Just an idea - there must be a size to fit your smaller dog.

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5. Re: shish Tzu going on trip Sanibel Island

There were several people who took their dogs to the beach and let them swim in the water. The water in Sanibel is fairly shallow and the waves are small.So he should be fine.We did see some hawk/falcon type brids but they did not seem to bother the small dogs on our beach. I think if there are people around and you have an umbrella you will be fine with protection. You do need water for the dog and the sunscreen suggestion wouldn't hurt.

There are many places to walk and bike for miles. Periwinlke way is a good place to start.

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Sunscreen for Pets

Sunscreen can and should be used on cats and dogs. Animals that have light-colored noses and thin, very short, or missing fur are most in need of protective sunscreen, or sunblock. The groin, inside legs, and abdomen can also need sunscreen because hair is very thin there and UV light can reflect off of concrete surfaces to affect that skin. Also, dogs who like to expose their belly to the sun may need sunscreen. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends use of sunscreen in appropriate animals. Pets with light skin and short or thin hair coat are particularly prone to sunburn or skin cancer. Pets who have suffered hair loss from allergies, hot spots, disease, surgical preparation, or radiation can benefit from sunscreen. If your dog�s coat is shaved so the dog is cooler during the summer, sunscreen may be helpful.

In pets, sunburn can appear as red skin or hair loss. Sunburn can irritate or exacerbate existing conditions, such as allergies or hot spots.

Sunscreen can be applied to the bridge of the nose, ear tips, skin surrounding the lips, and any area where pigmentation is low. The sunscreen should be fragrance free, non-staining, and contain UVA and UVB barriers similar to SPF 15 or SPF 30 for humans. (SPF labeling and claims are not permitted in products marketed for use on pets, however, because the FDA has not established a test to determine SPF values in pets.) Some protective ingredients include Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octyl Salicylate, Homosalate and Benzophenone-3. Octyl Salicylate products should not be used on cats.

There are some sunscreens created specifically for pets, but using baby sunscreen is also an option. Most human sunscreens have ingestion warnings because the ingredients can be toxic if a child or dog ingests them, so if your pet is likely to lick it, look for a pet-specific sunscreen. One thing to remember about sunscreen is that you need to use plenty of it, and you should re-apply regularly during sun exposure. It is recommended to use at least 1 tablespoon of lotion or cream for each body area treated! Sunscreen should be re-applied every 4 to 6 hours during the brightest time of the day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. While Veterinary Partner doesn�t normally mention specific pet products to avoid commercialism, there are so few pet sunscreens available that we will make an exception for pet sunscreens, which are much better for your dog and cat than human products

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7. Re: shish Tzu going on trip Sanibel Island

In you asking any potential problems.....As I say all this below just know .....as my friend Tink says I'm Risk adverse....haha Just informing you :)

Sanibel is very pet friendly. Captiva is not. I saw dogs at Over Easy, The Bean, Island Cow. I think most outside dining they allow a well mannered pet to lay or sit while you eat.

There are many people who bring their dogs to the beaches on Sanibel. The dogs seem to either really enjoy swimming in the gulf, or they don't. I say this as a precaution for little dogs....There are sharks out there and they run through there feeding between the sandbars chasing snook and Tarpon....so I worry about a shark grabbing a dog if it is out too far.

Wild animals generally feed early and later. I would not have the dog on the paths either time near the water areas. It is a conservation island and there are gators. Once...several years ago a man was walking his small dog on a path very near the water. A gator did come up and went after it. He bled to death by getting bit in the leg hitting a main artery trying to save his pet. Sad but true.

www.florida-cracker.org/archives/001212.html

The osprey were rather aggressive on West Gulf this year swooping down, and I'm sure the dog will be fine as long as your near. Being a small dog I wouldn't allow it to run leashed or unleashed very far from you.

Umbrella is also a must for the dog to get out of the sun, and lay on a blanket.

There are fire ants in places along the paths, in the grass and on the beach to watch out for.

Bring some Bio-degradable shampoo to give a quick bath to get rid of the ocean stink....most places have a outside shower you can walk up to.

Florida is full of fleas....per my vet who used to live in the Cape Coral area. She says Frontline is the only product line she uses. ALL others have a larger risk of seizures.

There are palm rats that run around at night so if you hear rustling and squeeking that is what it is, or a racoon. We brought our maltese this year for a month and letting her out at night hearing the sqeeks is interesting.... a few years ago she sniffed one out at the edge of the bushes at the home we were staying at...I screamed so loud...I scared the rat!!! He stopped/froze and stared....like what is that.

To get on my soap box....Three pet peeves I have on Sanibel for pet owners reading:

There is a leash law and MANY people keep the leash on and allow the dog to run unattended. You must have control per the law. These dogs run up to people all excited, and I'm sorry not everyone loves being jumped on, or sniffed up. I love dogs and have one but I don't like it when it happens. People with big dogs allow this A LOT I've observed....and then smile and say "I'm sorry"! I had my lunch grabbed right out of my hands last year by a dog "on a leash"

Please pick up the dog poo while walking on the beach with your pet...some people think burying it is fine. Is is sand and will more than likely resurface!

When you take your dog on a walk bring water for your dog.....they are all furry and get HOT. I always offer to give ice cubes or water to very thirsty pets who walk by with their tongue hanging down to the sand.

Off soap box....

Sanibel is a great pet friendly island...everyone please follow the rules to keep it pet friendly!

Enjoy!

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8. Re: shish Tzu going on trip Sanibel Island

Small dogs are attractive to alligators. The good news is that alligators typically don't like salt water (they occasionally will bath or travel through it). The beach with a leashed small dog will be fine -- birds will not be a problem with you near.

However, the bike paths, which are also used for walking, often are close to fresh/brackish water, where gaters tend to be. I also thought of the man who died trying to save his dog.

I would not take your dog into the refuge, although they evidently are allowed as I have seen many in there, either in vehicles or on a leash, over the years. This is a sanctuary for the wildlife and you wouldn't want your dog's barking to scare away wildlife that you'd like to see (plus it stresses the wildlife) and the refuge is brackish water full of alligators. I enjoy the quiet of the refuge and I always find barking an annoying intrusion (and I LOVE dogs). It is natural for your dog to react to the wildlife he sees, so I think it's just one of those things best without a pet.

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Wow, reading some of these comments regarding alligators is making me a bit nervous about not only the safety of my adorable shish tzu, but my own as well. I must assume alligator attacks while possible, are extremely rare. Reading the article indicated 14 alligator deaths in Florida since 1973. I did note 3 of those were at Sanibel Island. I am hoping to have a safe and enjoyable month long vacation to Sanibel.

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10. Re: shish Tzu going on trip Sanibel Island

You will, Tom. You might not even see a gator your whole entire trip. Don't fret about it.

Just precautions for small animals.