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    Pets are very welcome on Hilton Head’s Beaches, but to ensure the safety of everyone, including your pets, the following rules do apply: Dogs are allowed on all of Hilton Head’s beaches, but not year-round. During the height of the summer – when crowds cover the beach and temperatures reach their highs – dogs aren’t allowed. But only during certain hours.

    From the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With the heavy crowds and extreme heat, it’s probably not a good idea to take them anyway. Plus, you can take your dog out on the beach before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. all summer long. So yes, they still can enjoy the nice breeze, sandy shores and salty water.

    It is very important to remember that our four-legged friends feel like they are wearing a fur coat during the warmer months and pet owners need to take special precautions during this time of the year to ensure our furry friends are cool, comfortable and healthy.

    It is important to know that an animal can suffer a heat stroke within minutes when left inside of a hot vehicle – even when parked in the shade with a window cracked! This serious situation can cause the animal’s body temperature to rise to 107 degrees or more which causes swelling in the brain and destruction of internal organs. Should this unfortunate scenario occur, cool down the animal with cold water and immediately take him to a veterinarian.

    Be sure to walk your dog in the morning and evening, avoiding peak temperatures in the afternoon. Also be careful to avoid hot surfaces such as sidewalks and asphalt, as they can burn the tender pads on a dog’s paws.

    When your dog is out and about and enjoying the Carolina sunshine with you, always make sure you take along plenty of water and provide ample shade for the pooch.

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