Labor Day is here, marking the unofficial end of summer! It’s busy time as families enjoy picnics and spending time outdoors, or even taking off for a last minute getaway. Whatever you have planned you don’t want to forget about your furry friends. Whether they’re joining in the fun or will be left home, here are some tips to ensure a happy, safe holiday for all:
- Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals.
- Always assign a dog guardian. No matter where you’re celebrating, be sure to assign a friend or family member to keep an eye on your pooch—especially if you’re not in a fenced-in yard or other secure area.
- Made in the shade. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water, and make sure they have a shady place to escape the sun.
- Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of paws’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing or even kidney disease in severe cases.
- Keep your pets on their normal diets. Any change, even for one meal, can give pets severe indigestion and diarrhea.
- Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingesting any of these items can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression in your pets, and if inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia.
- Never leave your dog alone in the car. Traveling with your dog means occasionally you’ll make stops in places where he’s not permitted. Be sure to rotate dog-walking duties between family members, and never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.
- Make a safe splash. Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool-not all dogs are good swimmers.
Just a reminder that our adoption center will be closed Sunday, Sept. 3, and all locations will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of Labor Day! We’ll reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5, at our regular hours so come see us!