Here comes the long weekend! With the weather the way it’s been, it seems like only the dogs will be eager to jump in.
Even so, spring is here and summer is on its way, and the weekend has an extra day. Here at Blue Cross Animal Hospital, we are closed on Monday, May 20th, enjoying the long weekend.
Whether you are staying in the city or heading to the cottage, we hope the sun comes out and you enjoy the extra time off. We’ve compiled a short list of tips that should help 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, and fireworks are extremely frightening for most pets. We urge you not to take your dog to any of the outdoor fireworks events. Every year, terrified dogs slip their leashes at these events and lost, injured, or worse.
Even if they are in your home prepare your pets for the stress of nearby fireworks:
- Tire your dog out during the day. Take a long walk or play in the park, so that they are calmer in the evening.
- Keep both dogs and cats indoors during any fireworks, preferably in an interior room so they can’t see the flashes of light which may upset them.
- Close all windows and doors to minimize the noise of the fireworks.
- 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 nervous pets, look into getting a Thundershirt. Thundershirts are designed for pets who are fearful of storms, but they’re also extremely effective for fireworks.
- If your pet has a previous history of being afraid of 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.
Travelling with Your Pet
If you’re traveling with your pet, check out these articles:
- Even if your pet loves swimming, 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. a lifejacket will also make it easier to recover your pet if they do end up in the water.
- Don’t ever 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.
If you walk your dog in Toronto parks or ravines or take them up north to the cottage, don’t forget that Ticks are a serious health risk for you and your pets. It’s time to get your dog tested and started on preventive. Even with the preventives, make sure you check yourself, your family, and your pets carefully if you have been outdoors in long grass or woods.