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Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. This is the time when we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom while serving this great nation of ours. For many, it also spells a three day weekend and the official kick-off to summer. As we gather with friends and family we need to pay special attention to our pets. Much related to our celebrations can be harmful to our dogs.
The temptation will be there to accidentally (or not) drop food from that paper plate to your furry friend at your feet. Remember that many foods we eat are toxic to dogs. Onions, garlic, avocados, chocolate, grapes, certain nuts and more spell real trouble for dogs. Be vigilant and alert your guests to your wishes not to feed your dog from the table and for the love of everything holy, keep those chicken bones out of your dog’s reach.
With summer jumping ahead of the calendar in many areas, watch out for your dog and the time spent in the sun. Dogs can get overheated and brachycephalic dogs, like pugs, as well as older dogs and those who are overweight can experience heatstroke quite easily. Make sure your dog has plenty of water and a comfy place in the shade or indoors to cool off.
Speaking of cooling off, do your plans involve hanging out by the water? Jumping in for a quick cool down feels great; but remember that not all dogs are great or natural swimmers. Introduce your dog to the water slowly and make sure he has a doggie life jacket on if you’re heading for deeper water.
Insect repellents and sunscreens engineered for humans are not so good for dogs. These products can be toxic and produce symptoms of drooling, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea. It’s best to steer clear of these products for your dog. Sunscreen is a good idea, especially for short-haired breeds. Talk to your vet for recommendations for sunscreen specifically made for dogs.
Last, festivities like these tend to create jail break opportunities for your dog. There is nothing that brings a celebration down faster than a panicked search for your dog after he’s decided that open gate means he may take himself on a walk. Be sure to have your dog microchipped and current ID tags or personalized collar attached and ready for action.
Finally, have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend and please remember the fallen heroes who gave everything in the service of the United States of America. Freedom isn’t free and the pack here at Off Leash Dog Boutique respects and truly loves all of our military personnel. We are grateful for your service and that of your families. Blessings to you all!