It is officially the beginning of Summer with the Memorial Holiday Weekend! Where does the time go?
As we plan our summer vacations or holiday gatherings we often forget certain things with our pets. So this is a just a little reminder of what we need to pay attention with summer holidays along with things to keep in mind with gatherings at your home, with family and friends.
If you are planning a holiday picnic or party, make sure you know where your pet is. If you have an inside cat and you have guests going in and out of your house, it may be best to move your cat temporarily to a room where they will be comfortable and not be bothered by the intruders into their space.
Make sure you provide them with water, food, toys and their litter box. It is best to move them into a room with a window so they can take in the outdoors even though they may not be part of the festivities.
If it is your 4-legged family member, the dog, you need to keep an eye on; you may want to make sure they can’t “escape” from the house through an open gate, front door, or through the garage. And always make sure your dog has their collar on with identification tags. This is very important especially if your dog happens to get loose.
To ensure they don’t “disappear” and go on their own little excursion, you may want to put a note on the entrance doors or places people may be going in and out of saying “KEEP DOOR CLOSED” or “DON’T LET DOG OUT.” Doing something that simple will make your holiday celebrations more enjoyable. And no one wants to go looking for their dog during a party, or bail them out of “doggy jail” on a holiday weekend. (The CCSPCA is closed on holidays too.)
If your dog’s fearful of fireworks, you want to make sure you have “doggy downers” on hand. Some people get them from their vet, and you should administer them at least 30 to 60 minutes prior to fireworks being set off. Or you can purchase natural products from a holistic store and these don’t have any side effects but you may need to give them more frequently. This is what I use for my dog, and I have had good results from using them.
When having a picnic or party at your house, you never have to worry about the cat dragging off a hamburger or hot dog off the table or getting into the dessert or other goodies you may have out, but you do with your dog.
Some foods can cause digestive issues with your dog, and guests may think nothing of giving your family pet a piece of human food, but if you dog already may have a sensitive system, you want to avoid this happening. So putting a like placard on the table that may have all your picnic “goodies” displayed for us humans to eat that says “DON”T FEED THE DOG! THANK YOU”, may be all you have to do. Because who wants to get up in the middle of the night to a dog vomiting or worse step in something that may be soft and warm, but not pleasant? Not I!
Certain foods can be poisonous to dogs or cause them harm, that we think nothing of and I have listed them below for you.
Grapes or raisins
Than of course we have
Pork Chop Bones
If you dog should digest any of the above, it doesn’t mean a run to the emergency veterinary clinic, but it may mean you have to induce vomiting or at least monitor them for the next day or so.
So keep an eye not only on your pet, but your guests too. They need to behave also!
To You and Your Pet, Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Holiday Weekend!
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