How to Celebrate a Pet-Friendly Memorial Day Weekend


Are you planning any Memorial Day weekend celebrations?  As you get ready for backyard BBQs and spending time with your friends and family, remember to keep your pet’s health in mind.  Here are a few tips to help you celebrate a happy, healthy and pet-friendly Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day Pet Care Tips:

  • Keep Pets Indoors – Keeping your pets outside can cause anxiety during a party – especially if there are fireworks!  Your pet will likely feel safer indoors and you’ll reduce the risk of your pet feeling frightened and hopping the fence.
  • Buy Pet-Friendly Insect Repellent – While your insect repellent might not be toxic to you, it can be toxic to your pet.  Be sure to keep any insect repellent away from your cats and dogs and keep them from licking it off of you.
  • Place Alcohol Out-of-Reach – Memorial Day BBQs often involve beer and other alcoholic beverages.  If you are going to be drinking this weekend, be sure to keep all cups out of reach of your pet.  Even a small amount can be dangerous.
  • Secure ID Tags – Even if you are keeping your pet indoors during your celebration, be sure that their ID tags are up-to-date and secure.  In the unfortunate event your pet does become afraid and runs away, it is important that he or she is easy to identify.
  • Avoid Using Citronella – Oils, candles and other citronella-based insect repellents are toxic to dogs.  Prevent your respiratory problems by keeping your pet away from citronella this weekend.

Read more about how you can celebrate a pet-friendly Memorial Day here.  You can also contact our office if you have any questions about your pet’s health.  Our experienced veterinarians are here to help you with all of your pet health care needs.

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