Memorial Day is a lot of fun for families! While you're out enjoying your long weekend, please keep these 10 pet tips in mind!
1. Keep the Leftovers to a Minimum. If you’re having a BBQ this Memorial Day weekend, try to keep the leftovers to a minimum. Foods like onions, garlic, coffee, avocado, and grapes are all hazards for your pet. Bones from meat, cooked and raw bones, are also very risky. Bones can cause broken teeth, fragments can get lodged into the mouth, bones that splinter can also cause intestinal obstruction and even perforation!
2. Keep Alcohol Away. Alcohol is extremely dangerous to dogs! In severe cases, alcohol consumption can lead to comas, or even death from respiratory failure. Keep the beer and spirits as far away from pet as possible!
3. Provide Plenty of Shade and Water. If you’re going to be out in the sun, try to provide plenty of shade and water for your pet. If you have a pet that has a flat face, like a Pug or Himalayan cat, be mindful that they are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. Try to keep these pets in an air-conditioned indoors as much as possible.
4. Leash Up! There will be many people and pets out and about this weekend. We often see hit by car and dog fight cases around this time of year, most of these accidents are easily preventable with a leash.
5. Skip the Insect Repellent and Sunscreen. Avoid putting insect repellent and sunscreen on your pet. Chemicals in these products can easily be licked off and are toxic when digested. If you would like to protect your pet from bugs and the sun, there are plenty of dog and cat friendly formulated products sold at your local pet store.
6. Supervise Pets Around Water. Please don’t leave your dog or cat unsupervised around bodies of water. Many Idaho rivers are moving very quickly this time of year and it would be easy for a pet to get swept up and carried down stream. If you pet loves swimming, in addition to supervising your pet, it’s always a great idea to invest in a life jacket as well.
7. Prevent Fleas and Ticks. We all love camping, so do fleas and ticks! To prevent your pet from picking up nasty fleas and disease infested ticks, talk to your veterinarian about preventatives. There are literally hundreds of flea and tick products to choose from that meet every pet parent’s budget and application preference.
8. Keep Your Pet Away from Fire. Unless they are hot dogs, dogs and fires don’t mix! Keep matches, lighter fluid, and candles out of reach. If your pet ingests any of these items, bring him or her into your local emergency veterinarian immediately! Also, if you plan on grilling or setting up a fire pit, keep your pets as far away as possible.
9. Prevent Illnesses. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease spread through the urine of infected animals and is often found in soil and water. This is a zoonotic diseases, which means the bacterial infection can spread from your pet to you! Luckily, there is a leptospirosis vaccine that can protect against this disease. We highly recommend the vaccine if you have dog that goes hiking, camping, or enjoys swimming.
10. Make Sure Your Pet Is Wearing Identification. Pet parents can go above and beyond to keep their fur babies safe but pets can still somehow manage to slip out the front door. Whether it’s the guest that accidentally left the front door open a split second to long or the well behaved dog that gets frightened and takes off from the sound of fireworks, pets often go missing during the holidays. As a safety precaution, make sure all of your pets are wearing a collar with tags that identify you as their family and a phone number to contact you with. You can also get your dogs and cats microchipped as an extra safety precaution