5 Memorial Day Safety Tips for PetsPublished May 25, 2012
And while it is a solemn occasion for many folks, Memorial Day also symbolically marks the beginning of summer. We celebrate by firing up the barbeque cooking juicy hamburgers and franks, going on a picnic with friends and family, and spending time with loved ones on this special holiday.
So it is important for those of us who are owned by furry companions to make sure that our pets are safe while we party. To ensure their Memorial Day safety, the ASPCA recommends that pets are kept indoors. But for those of us that plan to include our beloved animals in our holiday plans, here are a few safety tips to consider.
1. Memorial Day Pet Safety: Don't Share Food
While it is tempting to share holiday fare with our pets, please refrain from sharing picnic goodies. Feed them their regular diet to prevent upset tummies and other digestive upsets. Since alcohol is potentially poisonous to pets, keep all alcoholic beverages out of their reach.
2. Memorial Day Pet Safety: Keep Insect Repellent Away
Never use insect repellent that is made for humans on pets. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling. Make sure that any product used is pet-specific.
3. Memorial Day Pet Safety: Hide the Lighter Fluid
Keep lighter fluid, matches and citronella candles safely stored and out of pets reach. These items if accidently ingested can irritate the stomach and central nervous system.
4. Memorial Day Pet Safety: Provide Fresh Water
No matter where you are celebrating, make sure that your pet always has plenty of fresh, clean water available.
5. Memorial Day Pet Safety: Do Not Leave Your Pet in the Car
Most importantly, never leave a pet in a hot car if traveling. Pets are just as susceptible to heat stroke as humans, and cars can become hot as Hades in just a few minutes. Leaving a car parked in the shade with a cracked window is no guarantee that pets will be safe. Even if the car is left under a tree with an outside temperature of 78 degrees, the inside of that car can exceed 90 degrees in no time, and if left in the sun, a grueling 160 degrees. Additionally, if traveling, always be certain your pet is wearing an ID tag with your contact information.
Taking these simple precautions will go a long way to ensure your holiday is one we remember with joy.
Have a safe and fun-filled holiday with your pet!
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