As far as I know, no freshwater critters can survive saltwater conditions because the difference in osmotic pressure causes the salt water to "pull" the water out of the organism and conversely salties can't survive fresh because they've evolved mechanisms to retain their water so in fresh conditions they absorb too much and die. I don't know what the salty bacteria and parasitic risk is, only that it would be different for those reasons. People take their dogs out in the water all the time but the only health bulletins I've seen are about giardia at the fresh lake or red algae blooms making the clams toxic for eating. When I've taken my fuzz to the beach I take a bottle of water so I can offer it periodically, but overall it's the sand and driftwood they get into, the water's too big, scary, and cold to hold their interest.
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Awesome! I hope your kids have fun out there...my boys tend to get in the wide open spaces and panic so the beach is a no go for them, but we make up for it by running around a nature park with lots of trees. If there are grassy dunes to run up and down they may get a kick out of that as well ;D
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