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Have A Safe Memorial Day with Your Pets

Have A Safe Memorial Day with Your Pets 

It’s almost time for the unofficial kick off to summer, Memorial Day weekend. This is a perfect time to get some quality time with your pet, but there are a few precautions you need to know. Here are some tips on how to have a safe Memorial Day with your pets.

Keep Them Hydrated

In the warm weather dogs can easily get dehydrated. Be sure that you always have plenty of fresh water for your pet whether you are going to the beach, the pool or simply enjoying a park with your best friend. Don’t rely on getting their water from ponds, streams and lakes which can contain parasites.

Avoid the Insect Repellent

As much as you want to protect your pet from insects, skip the repellent. Insect repellent was made for humans, not your pets and they could potentially lick it off causing them to ingest harmful chemicals.

Resist the Table Scraps

It is hard to resist giving your cute dog a scrap from the grill when cooking, but those scraps can cause an upset stomach. If you want Fido to enjoy some of the food festivities make them their own treats to enjoy.

Lakes and Pools

Don’t leave your pet unsupervised around lakes, ponds or pools. Make sure to supervise them as you would a child when you’re swimming. If you’ve been in a pool, it’s always best to rinse the chlorine out of their fu and if you’re going on a boat make sure they have their own life vest too.

Fire Works

Many pets are scared of fireworks so be sure that your pet is in a secure place if fireworks are part of the festivities.  A thunder shirt can help with their anxiety as well as turning on the TV or other sound device to try to drown out the fireworks.  DO NOT leave your dog in the backyard when fireworks are going off.  If scared enough, they will be tempted to flee either over the fence, under the fence or through the fence.  Also, be sure that all your pets have a collar with your name and phone number on it, even if they are microchipped.  Remember, many vets will be closed for the long weekend so even if your dog is  microchipped, it could be Tuesday before there is a vet available to scan your pet.

If you want your dog looking their best for the holiday, The Sudsy Puppy, Severna Park & Crofton dog grooming salons, still has a few appointments so contact us today.

 

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