Avoiding Memorial Day Mishaps

Photo courtesy of Megan VanParis

With the weekend forecast calling for higher temperatures, many people will many people will be spending their Memorial Day weekend outdoors. Whether you are grilling or lounging by the pool, it is important to be cognizant of your pet’s safety. Here are some factors to consider for keeping your furry family member safe during the holiday weekend.

Food Facts

Grilling is a Memorial Day staple, but remembering to keep food and beverages away from pets is vital since some can be toxic to them. Common foods at BBQ’s such as raisins, grapes, onions and chocolate are all poisonous for dogs. Remind your friends and family members not to feed any table scraps or anything that is not specifically recommended for pets. ​

Pool Safety

If you plan on lounging by the pool or the lake, don’t leave your pets unattended! Not all dogs are great swimmers and some need time to be introduced to water. When going out on a boat, it is recommended your dog wear a life vest.

Bug Off

Warmer weather brings out the bugs, but insect repellant can be toxic to pets. Some of the symptoms of repellent toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, extreme thirst and lethargy. If you need to use insect repellant, make sure it is pet safe.

Cool Down

With temperatures reaching almost 90 this Memorial Day weekend, it is imperative your furry family member has access to fresh water and a cool place to go to get out of the heat. Brachycephalic pets, such as Pugs and Persians, are at a higher risk for heat stroke since they are not able to pant as effectively as other breeds. In addition, senior and overweight pets, as well as pets with heart issues, should spend very limited time outside and mostly stay in an air-conditioned space.

If you have any further questions about how to keep your pet safe during the Memorial Day weekend, please call us at: (773) 327-4446.

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.