Tips For A Pooch-Safe Memorial Day!

1. Stick with your pet’s normal diet—any change, even for a day, can result in an upset stomach. So keep all those hamburgers and hot dogs on the human plates, not the dog bowl.

2. Speaking of food, certain foods like onions, avocado, chocolate, grapes and raisins are especially toxic to pets.

3. Avoid lathering your pet with any insect repellent or sunscreen not intended for the four-legged kind. Ingestion can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.

4. Keep your pet away from matches, citronella candles and lighter fluid, which if eaten can irritate the stomach, lungs and central nervous system.

5. Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool or lake—not all dogs are expert swimmers!

6. Keep plenty of fresh water on hand for the pooches; by the way, pools don’t double as large water bowls—they contain chlorine and other toxic chemicals that can cause stomach upset.

7. Keep them indoors as much as possible during backyard parties.

8. If your dog shows signs of distress from boisterous revelers, Dr. Reid suggests giving him a Kong toy stuffed with peanut butter.

9. Make sure all backyard guests know to keep gates and doors closed–with all the festivities going on, you might not notice your pooch has wandered off until it’s too late!

10. Since alcohol is potentially poisonous to pets, place all wine, beer and spirits well out of paws’ reach.

Source: aspca.org

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