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Quick Tips for a Safe and Fun Memorial Weekend with Your Pet

Posted on May 20, 2013 by jronchetto  | Tags: holiday safety

 Here are some good safety tips to keep in mind while you celebrate Memorial Day this weekend.

- KEEP ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OUT OF PAWS REACH:  Alcohol is poisonous to pets so make sure your pet cannot accidentally consume any beer, wine or spirits.

- KEEP PETS ON THEIR REGULAR DIET: Although it is easy to cave to the pleading of those big puppy dog eyes, its better to just say no!  Sudden changes to your pet's diet can cause gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea).  Also, certain foods that are often found at picnics and BBQ's such as onions, avacado, grapes, raisins, and chocolate are very toxic to dogs.

-  USE ONLY DOG SPECIFIC INSECT REPELLANT AND SUNSCREEN:  Never use human insect repellent or sunscreen on your dog. Ingestion can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.

- SUPERVISE POOL TIME:  Never leave children OR pets unattended around a pool or lake. Not all dogs are expert swimmers and can get exhausted or panicked in the water quickly. Also, pools contain toxic chemicals like chlorine that can cause gastrointestinal upset if your pet swallows too much water.  So be sure to provide plenty of fresh clean drinking water so your pet won't be as inclined to drink the pool water.

- KEEP PETS CLEAR OF MATCHES, CANDLES AND LIGHTER FLUID: Matches, citronella candles, and lighter fluid, if ingested, can all cause irritation and injury to the gastrointestinal tract, lungs, and central nervous system.

- CARRY I.D: If traveling with your pet be sure to take I.D for them as well as their health records. Make sure they are wearing their collar and tags at all times.

- NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN A HOT VEHICLE: It only takes MINUTES for the inside of a car to become a big oven and your pet can die of heatstroke in a short amount of time- EVEN WITH A WINDOW OPEN.

- PROVIDE YOUR PET WITH A QUIET PLACE TO REST: In addition to making sure that your pet has a comfortable place to get out of the sun, rain or other weather, also make sure they have some place to go should the commotion of the weekend be too much for them.

(referenced from the ASPCA)

Everyone here at CVC wishes all of you a very happy and safe Memorial Day!