Summer is almost over and it is the last Hurrah for Summertime Fun. That means BBQ's and travel galore with family, friends and your furry buddies. This Labor Day keep your four pawed pals safe with these holiday tips.
Just because Summer is winding down does NOT mean you can ignore the heat. Heat Exhaustion is a real concern for pets during this season so know the signs. Excess panting, lethargy are the most obvious, but vomiting and diarrhea can also occur. The best way to prevent heat exhaustion is to stay hydrated, so if you plan on taking your pup hiking, to the beach, or to the park plan on bringing EXTRA water for your pup's use. Learn more about Heat Exhaustion and how to prevent it HERE.
Heat is not the only concern for pet in the summer. Accidents around the pool, in lakes or the ocean are also major factors. Stay vigilant when you are out with your pet around a body of water and be sure you know doggie CPR. You can learn how to save your pooch's life HERE. You can reduce the risk of pet drowning by investing in a quality Life Jacket for your dog. A simple google search will lead you to a plethora of options.
Pets will eat anything if given the opportunity. and we sometimes forget all of the ways chemicals and other toxins are in our lives. When you are out at the park or spending a lot of time in the woods you will likely carry with you Bug Spray or Sunscreen. These chemicals can be toxic if ingested. Similarly there are a number of plants and animals that can cause problems for your pooch if they eat one. Stay alert and make sure your pooch only eats the food and water you bring or plays his/her own toys. Obvious signs of ingestion of a toxin are increased thirst and/or vomiting. If your think your pet has ingested something poisonous, call the Pet-Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 immediately and then seek veterinary care.
Watch What You Eat
We all know that at a BBQ your pet will station themselves next to the grill or in front of the weakest willed individual at the party. As always, it is best to keep an eye on your pet's food intake. We do not condone letting your pet eat people food, but grandma or the neighbors toddler will likely drop/hand over something to that sad eyed beggar anyway. Too much food human food will cause intestinal distress ranging from excess gas to diarrhea, so the best action is not give in. If they do end up eating their weight in party food, make sure to not feed them their normal daily allowance for dog food. Adjust their portions in proportion to the food they will inevitable con out of your guests. Additionally certain foods can not only cause intestinal distress, but are also toxic to your pet. Keep these foods OFF your catering list and you will be fine.
The very best way to make sure your pup behaves themselves at any Labor Day outing or event is to keep them occupied. Going out to the park or the beach? Bring along plenty of toys for the pups to chase/tug. Hosting or going to a BBQ? Take them for a long walk before the event to reduce their excited energy.
Wherever you are heading this Labor Day, be sure your pet is traveling in safety as well as style. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were 5,687,000 crashes in 2013, with 1,591,000 injuries and 32,719 fatalities. Many of those accidents could have also involved an unrestrained pet. Research done by AAA and Kurgo.com show that a "10-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert roughly 300 pounds of pressure, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert approximately 2,400 pounds of pressure." This could be devastating for both your pet and your family. Pet friendly automobile buckles can be found at your local pet store or online and can save your pet's life, not to mention save you money on future vet bills. Read more from the AAA research HERE.
So now you know there are many potential dangers for your pet on a simple holiday outing. With the above information you and your pet should have a truly enjoyable Labor Day.