It’s a day when we remember those we’ve lost to military conflict. It’s also the unofficial start of summer and one of America’s biggest party days.
It’s very likely, of course, that Memorial Day will look a little different this year. Even in this age of social distancing, you can still have a little cookout for yourself and maybe even soak up some rays. While you’re busy having a good, self-isolating time, don’t forget your furry family.
Read on for some key safety tips to ensure your pet enjoys the holiday as much as you do.
· Beware toxic foods. Onions, grapes, raisins, and avocado are all toxic to animals, so keep them out of paws reach. Corn cobs can cause gastrointestinal obstructions and cooked bones are a choking hazard.
· Don’t leave pets unsupervised around water. Not all dogs are expert swimmers and drinking pool water full of chemicals can make them sick.
· Insect spray is for humans only. Unless it is specifically designed for animals, the chemicals in insect spray can cause vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and even neurological damage.
· Provide plenty of cool water and shade. Pets can get dehydrated quickly and those with flat faces, like pugs and Persians, are especially susceptible to heatstroke.
If you suspect your pet hasn’t gotten into something he shouldn’t, give us a call at (813) 314-7046. And please have a relaxing and wonderful day!