Steps to a happy Labor Day weekend for your pets

  • Picnics and bar-b-ques! Popular ways to celebrate Labor Day.  Keep in mind animals can suffer from heat stroke just like a human.  Make sure you give pets plenty of breaks from the heat.  If you plan to be out in the heat all day, you may opt to leave Fido at home.
  • H2O!  If you are taking your pet with you on your outings, be sure they have access to fresh water at all times.  Planning to spend the day at the beach, by a pool, or in a river? Monitor your pet at all times, even dogs that are strong swimmers can get into danger.
  • Skip the scraps! It may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill, but many foods can be hazardous to pets. Keep your pet on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can lead to sever indigestion and upset stomach. Examples of everyday hazards include avocados, grapes, raw/undercooked meat, and onions.
  • Pit falls of the bar-b-que pit! Never leave your dog unattended with a bar-b-que pit while it is in use. That delicious food might be too much for them to resist. An overturned pit could cause serious damage to your dog in the blink of an eye, not to mention a potential fire hazard.
  • Keep away!  There are a few bar-b-que staples you need to keep out of your dog’s reach: alcohol – alcoholic drinks have the potential to poison pets; matches and lighter fluid – if ingested, both can cause harm to Fido and lighter fluid can cause skin irritation as well; citronella – candles, insect coils and oil products can cause stomach irritation and possibly damage a pets central nervous system.
  • Mosquito manio!  Mosquitoes are a way of life in Houston, but repellant products made for humans often contain DEET – an ingredient that can induce vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling in our pets.  Look for a pet specific mosquito repellant to use on your dog this holiday.
  • Safe and secure!  Keep gates, fences, and doors closed!  Labor Day is a high traffic holiday with many people coming and going from cookouts, pool parties, and picnics.  Save yourself the heartache of a lost pet by keeping entryways secured.


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