Memorial Day and Your Pet

dog celebrating memorial dayIt’s Memorial Day, which means it’s time for hiking, barbecuing, and plenty of time spent outside. As pet parents ourselves, we know that bringing your dog along for all of the festivities is a no-brainer, but there are certain important steps to take to ensure that your pup has a safe holiday.

Keep the table scraps to a minimum. As tempting as it may be to sneak your pet a few table scraps, it can be a lot worse for their health than you may think! Whether food contains dangerous ingredients, poses the risk of getting stuck in your dog’s digestive tract, or just isn’t the best for your furry friend, it’s best to stick to what your dog is used to. Fruits such as watermelon, blueberries, and bananas are treat options that are both nutritious and delicious.

Planning to hike this weekend? Make sure you pack a bag for Fido, too! While it may seem like common sense to bring snacks and water for humans on hikes, many people greatly underestimate the amount of supplies needed for their furry counterparts. When preparing for a hike, it’s important to have 8 ounces of water per hour of hiking, small nutritious snacks, doggy bags, and a first aid kit, just in case.

If you’re hanging out outside with your light or white colored dog this Memorial Day, sun protection is a must have. Noses and heads are especially prone to sunburn, and no one wants their furry friend to be feeling uncomfortable. Dogs should also have a place to cool down whenever needed, whether that be indoors, a shaded area with a fan, or in a shallow pool. Dogs are great at self-regulating their temperature, so make sure to watch your pet for signs that they need a break. And, as always, make sure that your pet has access to cool, fresh water at all times.

Lastly, warmer months mean fireworks, which can be nerve-wracking for many dog owners. Fireworks serve as a common fear trigger for many dogs, and there are certain steps that are important to take in order to ensure your dog’s safety. If you know that fireworks will be set off nearby, it’s important to keep your dog in the house where they feel safest, or at the very least on a leash. Should the worst happen and your pet tries to hide somewhere besides home, identification is crucial. Make sure that your dog is always wearing his or her collar, and that all microchip information is up to date. Finally, we have to remember that, while fireworks are fun for humans, dogs have no idea what they are! Make sure to give your pup a little extra love, and let them know they’re safe this Memorial Day.