Today, we celebrate and remember all of those brave men and women who have given their lives while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, and for many, a nice day to celebrate life, in the sun.
Many are heading outdoors, today, with friends, family and pets to party, barbeque and soak up some summer rays. But, it is important to remember while you are lathering on the sunscreen and firing up the grill that your pet needs to stay safe, too. So, in attempt to prevent any Memorial Day mishaps, here are some tips to help protect your furry little pals while everyone celebrates:
- Keep pets indoors if you’re planning to have fireworks. Fireworks and dogs don’t mix. Unfortunately, your dogs aren’t going to associate the loud noises, flashes or smells of explosives as a celebration. Rather, it’s going to cause panic and anxiety. If they’re left outdoors, all of this may incite them to break their restraints and run away in attempt to find safety. Moreover, don’t ever light fireworks around pets.
- Keep alcohol away from your pets. This one is pretty obvious, but alcohol is very dangerous to dogs. Even the smallest amount can result in extreme intoxication, and in worst-case scenarios, result in coma and respiratory failure.
- Use pet-friendly insect repellant and sunscreen. If you need to spray bug-spray, be sure that it is pet-friendly. Remember, what isn’t toxic to humans may be toxic to animals. If you use the wrong kind of repellant or sunscreen on your pet, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, dehydration and lethargy, so check the label.
- Make sure that your pet is properly tagged for identification. In all of the excitement, if your dog were to get loose, proper and easy identification of your pet can make all the difference in getting them home safe and sound. Consider microchipping your pet or, at least, getting ID tags with his or her name on them with your phone number. You may also want to keep a picture of your dog on hand in case you need to put up signs.
- Don’t feed your pet from the table. As many will be grilling out and picnicking, it can be tempting to slip your little buddy a treat from the table, but you should remember that even on special occasions, it’s a bad idea to feed your pet human food, as it can be hazardous to their health.
- Keep pets away from matches and lighter fluid. If you’re firing up the grill in the backyard for a barbeque make certain that your pup doesn’t get ahold of any harmful substances. The chemicals found in these objects, if ingested, can cause difficulty breathing, damage to blood cells and even kidney disease.
When it comes down to it, with all of the potential excitement of the day, it may be in your pet’s best interest to sit the party out. Find a safe and secure spot in your home for your pet to relax while you go out and enjoy the festivities of the day. Trust us, your pet will be thankful for the break.