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Pet Safety Over Labor Day

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Labor Day indicates the end of summer. It’s the last hurrah before the season changes, before schedules change and before talk of snow becomes commonplace in conversations.

Families gather together to celebrate this time of ending and beginning, and our course, family gatherings often include the animals in our family. Here are some safety tips to keep your animal pals safe over this Labor Day Weekend.

Pet Safety Tips For Labor Day

  • Watch your animal pals around the grill, the smells can be too tempting to resist
  • If you have guests over, be sure they are not treating your animal pal extra tidbits from their plates. Dogs are very good at begging and those big eyes can be hard to resist. An upset stomach can result in vomiting and diarrhea
  • Watch children around your animal pals. If they aren’t familiar with being around animals they won’t know how to interact with them. Even if Fluffy or Fido is great around your kids, they will tend to be cautious around kids they don’t know
  • Make sure trash is secured. Bones, juicy strings from meat and corn cobs can result in an emergency trip to the vet with your dog
  • It’s still hot over Labor Day. Don’t leave your dog in the car “for just a minute” when you run into the store, even with the car windows down and parked in the shade. If you’re outside, watch for signs of overheating. Click here to see symptoms those symptoms
  • When walking your dog, be sure the pavement is not too hot for their feet, you don’t want the pads of their feet to burn
  • Never leave your pet unsupervised around water, not all dogs are good swimmers.  Speaking of water, make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, cool water to drink during the summer months so they don’t become dehydrated
  • Have a ‘safe room’ prepared in case your animal pal shows signs of stress with all the activity. Make sure they have access to food and water, and for cats, a litter box.
  • Be prepared. A little preparation is worth a lot of sleep insurance for an animal caretaker! Have a pet first aid kit on hand, as well as the phone numbers for your vet, your emergency vet and the pet poison hotline

Here’s wishing you and your animal pals a safe and festive Labor Day!

Here’s To New Beginnings,

Janet

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