Here comes the long weekend!
Who doesn’t love the Victoria Day weekend? It’s the official beginning of summer. The nights are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, and the weekend has an extra day.
Here at Blue Cross Animal Hospital, we are closed on Monday, May 21st to give our team a well-earned break.
Whether you are staying in the city or heading to the cottage, we hope you get a chance to get some sun and enjoy the extra time off. We’ve compiled a short summary of some posts that should keep your weekend smooth and your pets happy.
Fireworks and Events
As much as you may enjoy them, please remember that your pet may not enjoy large public events at all. Fireworks are terrifying for most pets. We urge you not to take your dog to any of the outdoor fireworks events. Every year, dogs slip their leashes at these events and lost or injured, and most dogs are made extremely anxious and fearful by the crowds and noise.
Even if they are in your home prepare your pets for the anxiety they will be caused by nearby fireworks:
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 the curtains or keep your pet in an interior room so they can’t see the flashes of light which may upset them.
Close all windows and doors to minimize loud noise in the environment.
Have a familiar person stay with your pet to calm them.
Have routine noises in the house such as the TV or radio.
For extremely anxious pets, consider a Thundershirt. While designed for pets who are fearful of storms, Thundershirts are also extremely effective for fireworks.
If your pet has had previous issues with fireworks, medication may help. Please contact us for advice.
Make sure your microchip information is up-to-date, and your pets’ collar and tags are secure, in case they do panic and escape.
If you are venturing into the parks or ravines, or up north to the cottage, don’t forget that Ticks are becoming a serious hazard for you and your pets. It’s time to get your dog tested and onto preventive. Even if you’ve already done that, make sure you check yourself, your family, and your pets carefully if you have been outdoors in long grass or woods.Read Our 2018 Tick Update