A study by AAA and Best Western shows 51% of pet owner’s travel with their pets. Since the Outer Banks has dog friendly beaches, more and more families are choosing to vacation with “mans best friend”. Shoreline OBX makes it easier for this to happen.
We have over 30 dog friendly homes from Corolla to Nags Head. These homes range from small 3 bedroom homes to larger 8 bedroom homes. Each of our homes allow a maximum of 2 dogs. There is a $125 non-refundable pet fee but Shoreline OBX uses the pet fee to perform regular flea treatments on the homes to be sure your dog is safe.
Here are some helpful pet friendly vacation travel tips when vacationing with your dog:
- Check Laws – Be sure to check the leash laws for the town you are vacationing in. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet.
Corolla – leashes are required
Duck – no leash required but must be supervised
Southern Shores – Lease required no longer than 10 ft
Kitty Hawk – leash required no longer than 12 ft
Kill Devil Hills – Leases are required
Nags Head – Leash required no longer than 10 ft
- Ocean Swimming – If you dog decides he wants to swim in the ocean, please watch him closely. Swimming in the ocean is more difficult than a pool or lake. They can also get stuck in rip currents just like we can.
- Water Conditions – Ask the lifeguard what the water conditions are like. Dogs can easily be stung by jellyfish or get sea lice. You can also check for any known rip currents to be aware of.
- Heat and Sun – Be careful of hot temperatures as your dog can have a heat stroke. Signs of a heat stroke include rapid panting, bright red tongue, weakness, vomiting, thick and stick saliva and diarrhea. If your dogs shows any of these signs, remove him from the heat immediately and apply ice packs or cool clothes to his head and neck.
- Hydration – Allow constant access to fresh water when at the beach. Dogs need to keep hydrated just like we do. Also, if they drink too much salt water it can make them sick.
- Running – The sand on the beach is more strenuous than their yard. If you have an older dog, be sure to watch them carefully and limit the running as they can easily tear a tendon or ligament.
- Wash Your Pet – Be sure to do this after each trip to the beach. The salt and other minerals can damage their coat.
- Medical Records – Bring a copy of your dogs medical records in case of an emergency. If something happens to your pet, you will want the local vet or animal hospital to know their history.
- Alone Time – Please limit the amount of time your dog is left home alone. Pets can get anxiety from being in a new place.
- Emergencies – Find the closest emergency veterinary clinic to your vacation home just in case you need it.
- Insect Bites – If stung or bitten, watch the area for an allergic reaction. If a reaction occurs, bring your pet to the closest vet clinic.