If you're like most pet owners, you consider your pet an important part of your family and plan to include her in as many activities as possible this summer. As long as you pay attention to some important safety considerations, there's no reason why your pet can't join in the summer fun.
Dogs at Backyard Barbeques
It's rare to get through an entire summer season without hosting or being invited to at least one backyard barbeque. Some dogs may love these events for the opportunity to socialize. Unfortunately, your dog may also try to sneak food that you normally wouldn't allow him to have. Whether you're the host or a guest, make sure everyone else in attendance knows not to give your dog people food that could make him sick. To avoid your dog snatching up dropped food, be sure to keep him leashed and away from the serving area.
Dogs need to be kept away from the grill since they can easily burn themselves jumping up to snatch a forbidden treat. Some dogs have even been known to swallow the utensils used to grill the meat when they're overly excited and in an unfamiliar situation. Cats can also slip outside when they smell the enticing aroma of meat on the grill. The best way to prevent an accident with your cat is to keep her in an enclosed room if you’re hosting or at home if you’re a guest.
Not All Dogs Know How to Swim
Some dog owners become lax supervising their dog around water because they assume that he naturally knows how to swim. This isn't true of all dogs. Some breeds lack the ability or the natural instinct to swim when the water is over their head. If you do take your dog to a beach or pool this summer, make sure that you're within arm’s length from him at all times. It is also imperative that you put a life jacket on your dog if he joins you on a boating excursion.
If you're hitting the road with your dog or cat this summer, be certain that you keep her contained within a pet carrier. This keeps your pet safe in addition to preventing her from distracting the driver. Pets, like children, need plenty of stops along the way to eat, stretch, and relieve themselves. They also do better when you bring some comforts from home, such as their favorite toys and bedding.
Because dogs and cats are creatures of habit, they are more likely to run off while traveling than when at home. That is why having microchip identification for your pet is so important. We are happy to offer this service at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo. If you experience an emergency during regular office hours, contact us immediately at 651-770-3250. After hours, call Animal Emergency Referral Service of Minnesota at 651-501-3766.