Canada Day Weekend is fast approaching, and we’ll all be heading out to relax and enjoy at the cottage or the beach, or a backyard barbecue. Be careful though– these activities have an increased risk of illness or injury for our pets. Here are some tips to keep our four-legged family members safe throughout the long weekend, and the rest of the summer:
Check out our top five tips for keeping your animal secure this weekend and beyond.
• Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool or lake. Not all dogs are good swimmers.
• Everyone in your boat should wear a lifejacket. Including your pet!
• Avoid feeding your pet extras from the grill or table. Any change in your pet’s normal diet can result in an upset stomach or diarrhea.
• Skip the insect repellant. Avoid lathering your pet with any bug spray not intended for pets. Many insect repellants meant for humans contain DEET which can cause neurologic problems in dogs and cats.
• Remember that your pooch may not like crowds. If you are going to large gatherings at parks, it might be best to leave your dog at home.
• Keep your pet away from matches, citronella candles and lighter fluid. Any of these substances, if eaten can irritate the stomach, lungs and central nervous system.
• Supervise your pet extremely carefully around campfires and home fireworks. Ideally keep them away from either one. If your dog doesn’t like fireworks, see our earlier post for tips on keeping your pet calm.
• Have enough drinking water for both yourself and your pet. “Nature’s dog bowls”””puddles, ponds and streams””may contain parasites.