Pet Safety

    If you plan on bringing your pet to the Currituck Outer Banks, please follow these safety tips:

    • If you plan on sitting on the beach for a long period of time, make sure you have a good amount of water available for your pet and a shady spot for them to cool off. It is not easy wearing a fur coat during the summer, and overheating and heat prostration are possibilities.
    • If possible, don’t let your pet ingest too much salt water while playing in the surf. The most common side effects of ingesting salt water are diarrhea and vomiting. These symptoms should subside over the course of the day.  If you are in doubt about the amount of salt water ingested, call one of the local veterinarians listed here for more advice.
    • Pay close attention to warnings issued due to rip currents or high surf.  Your pets are just as susceptible to water hazards as you and your family, so always make sure to keep a close eye on them in the water.
    • Roadways and sand can get extremely hot during the summer.  If it is too hot for you to walk barefoot on, then it is probably too hot for your pet as well.
    • Watch out for sand spurs
    • Fleas and ticks are present on the beaches of the Outer Banks, so make sure to apply your pet’s medication in plenty of time so it can take effect.

    Local Animal Hospital Information

    Moyock Animal Hospital
    188 Caratoke Highway
    Moyock, NC 27958
    252-435-2250

    Eastern Shore Animal Hospital
    6421 Caratoke Highway
    Grandy, NC 27939
    252-453-8200

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    Leash Laws

    Leash Laws

    Corolla Leash Laws
    Leashes are required in Corolla, NC; however, there are no length requirements. For more information, contact Currituck County at 252-453-8555.

    Duck Leash Laws
    Dogs are allowed on the beaches of Duck, NC unleashed, but as a matter of public safety and courtesy, they should be under the watchful eye and contact of their owner. For more information contact the town of Duck at 252-255-1234.

    Southern Shores Leash Laws
    Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the beaches of Southern Shores, NC from May 15 – September 15. Southern Shores enforces a year-round leash law. For more information, contact the town of Southern Shores at 252-261-2394.

    Kitty Hawk Leash Laws
    Dogs are allowed on the beaches of Kitty Hawk, NC from the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM and they must be on a leash no longer than 6′. During other times of the year, dogs are permitted on the beach at anytime but must be restrained on a retractable leash no longer than 12′ long. For more information, contact the town of Kitty Hawk at 252-261-3552.

    Kill Devil Hills Leash Laws
    Dogs are allowed on the beaches of Kill Devil Hills, NC from mid-September to mid-May. Dogs aiding the handicapped are allowed year-round. Kill Devil Hills has a year round leash law. For more information, contact the town of Kill Devil Hills 252-480-4000.

    Nags Head Leash Laws
    Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round as long as they are restrained by a leash not exceeding 10 feet. For more information, contact the town of Nags Head 252-441- 5508.

    Cape Hatteras National Seashore Leash Laws
    Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round if they are restrained with a leash 6 feet or less at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of by owners. For more information, contact the National Park Service 252-473-2111.

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