Labor Day Safety Tips for Dogs
Let your Dog Celebrate Labor Day Safely
It’s true Summer is almost over but we still have plenty of nice days ahead and a big Labor Day weekend right around the corner so keeping our dogs safe outside is still important. Basking in the sun, swimming in the lake, going for boat rides and long walks, are all fun for us but for our dogs too! If you plan to take your pup on a mini vacation this weekend or on an outdoor picnic on Labor Day, we’ve put together some safety tips to ensure that safety is number one for our little friends.
- Stick to Dog Treats
Giving dogs bones from your meal is tempting, especially while they are sitting there looking at you with those sad eyes. But bones can be life-threatening and extremely dangerous for dogs. For starters, gristle and fat should always be avoided and never given to your dog. Bones can splinter and break during chewing and they’re known for getting stuck in the esophagus or intestines causing life-threatening issues for the dog. Pack dog treats perfect for your dog’s diet and size and share during your meal or afterwards instead of giving a bone.
- Take your Pet with You
We all know not to leave our kids in a hot car and the rule applies to pets too! Pets can easily develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car just like a child. If you have to take him with you, take him where ever you go as well. Don’t leave your pet in the car.
- Make Sure Tags are on and Secure
Dogs love going on outings with their owners. Be sure to make sure your dog’s tags are on and they are secure. In case they wonder off, you want to make sure who ever finds him/her can call you and make the happy return.
- Say No to Fireworks
As people, we love a good fireworks show but our dogs? Not a chance. Dogs are terrified of them. The explosive sounds and flashes of light quickly scares dogs and will give them anxiety. Some might get so scared they run off and hide. That’s not a good way to end your night.
- Have Plenty of Water
If you always keep a full bowl of water at home, then be sure to do it during your outing or travels. If playing outside more than usual or playing in the heat, or both, your dog will need to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Water cools them down too so don’t forget an extra bottle or two for your furry friend.
- Plan Ahead for Shade
Fun in the sun is always a good idea for us and our dogs but too much sun can cause heat stroke. Plan a fun day outside but be sure breaks in the shade are incorporated into your day. Your dog will stay cool and happy causing you to stay cool and happy too!
There you have it. Six easy safety tips for you and your dog for Labor Day and Labor Day weekend. It’s the perfect occasion for everyone to enjoy the outdoors safely.