Memorial Day will be here soon, the day we all look forward to as the unofficial start to summer. The day often means hosting or attending a backyard barbeque or swimming at the beach. Since your dog is such a big part of your family, he may be attending the Memorial Day festivities with you. The day can be one of enjoyable memories as long as you take certain precautions.
Your dog can find a lot to get into at the typical barbeque, including the hot grill. Whether you have grill duty or not, make sure that your dog is nowhere near it. A combination of curiosity and excitement could cause her to burn herself or even knock the grill to the ground. It's also essential to keep the grill brush out of her reach as this presents a choking hazard.
The food may be too much for her to resist as well. Be sure to let your guests know they should not give your dog or cat any table scraps since you can't be sure exactly what she's getting. It's especially important to keep an eye out for chocolate, avocados, raisins, and grapes as these can be toxic for animals.
Not All Dogs Are Born Swimmers
Your dog always needs supervision around water, even if you take her swimming regularly. An unsupervised dog could easily fall in and drown since swimming doesn't come naturally to every breed of dog. If your dog goes boating with your group, make sure she is wearing a flotation device before hitting the open water. Lastly, don't allow your dog to drink water from a swimming pool. The chlorine and other chemicals could make her sick.
Dehydration Can Happen Quickly
It's important to provide your dog with plenty of fresh drinking water if he will be spending time outside with you during the Memorial Day gathering. Since they lack the ability to sweat, dogs can only release heat through panting and through their paw pads. In addition to staying hydrated, make sure there are enough shady areas where he can hang out if it looks like he is getting too warm.
Dogs are more likely to run off in when they're in unfamiliar surroundings or when they become over-excited due to a change in routine. To avoid a permanent separation, make sure that your dog's ID tag and microchip contain your name and current contact information.
The entire staff at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo would like to wish your entire family a Happy Memorial Day.
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