We’re rolling into the fabulous 150th birthday holiday weekend for Canada! It’s a weekend to celebrate the freedom and diversity of our 150 years young country. Likely you’ll spend some time enjoying barbecues, fireworks and friends and family. Or maybe you’re lucky enough to be heading out camping or up to a cottage. However you’ll be celebrating, we’ve put together a few reminders to make sure your pet enjoys the weekend as much as you do.
Holiday Weekend Pet Tips
Many pets are upset by fireworks. If your pet is one of them, here are a few ideas you can try to keep them calm:
- Tire your dog out during the day with a long walk or play in the park, so that they are more relaxed in the evening.
- Keep both dogs and cats indoors.
- Close all windows and doors to minimize the noise.
- Put your pet in a small room with the curtains closed so they can’t see the flashes of light.
- Keep things familiar: have a person your pet likes stay with them to keep them calm.
- Have routine noises in the house such as the TV or radio.
- Use a pheromone room dispenser to spray stress-reducing pheromones in your home throughout the weekend.
- For very fearful pets, a Thundershirt may help.
- If your pet has had previous issues with fireworks, medication may help. Please contact us for advice.
- Keep children & pets strictly away from home fireworks that you may be setting off!
- Always take care that your pet doesn’t escape from your house or yard with extra guests coming and going from your home.
- Now is a good time to make sure that your microchip info is up-to-date, and that your pet is wearing a collar and tags with up-to-date contact info on them. If you’re going to a cottage or camping, make sure the tag has your cel number or a local phone number on it.
- Keep your pet away from the party food and drink. Alcohol is obviously to be avoided for pets, but many rich party foods can also cause vomiting, upset stomach, and other reactions. Corn cobs, chocolate, and treats with artificial sweeteners are particularly dangerous.
- Your pet may already be over-stimulated by the extra people and noise in the house. If you sense that your pet is becoming upset, try giving them some downtime in a room away from the party.
Barbecue & Campfire Pet Safety
- Keep your pet away from the fire pit and barbecue, even when they aren’t lit. This will teach them that these are “no-go” areas all the time.
- A fire pit or grill may hold heat for a long time after the fire is out.
- Fire pits at public campsites may accumulate trash such as foil, broken glass, and bits of burned bone or food waste.
- Be aware that sticks may have a powerful attraction for your dog, even when they’re on fire.
- Make sure your dog is kept upwind of smoke and sparks.
- Don’t share campfire or barbecue food with your pet. This will reinforce the idea that they should stay away from the fire and grill.
- Even if your pet can swim, they should be wearing a life jacket if they are in a boat. The same as with people, if they fall from the boat, they may be disoriented or strike their head as they fall and need to be supported in the water.
- Do not put pets in the bow of your boat. They are much lighter than people and can easily be bounced out of the boat if you hit a wave.
- If you have a brachycephalic dog, such as a pug or bulldog, remember that many of them are incapable of keeping their noses above water and can easily drown. These dogs should always be in lifejackets when they are around water, whether its a pool, dock or boat.
- It’s summer-time. It’s warm and your pet is active, so make sure they have access to clean drinking water.
- Avoid letting your pet drink from streams, puddles, or other water sources that may be stagnant and contaminated.