With the long weekend approaching, many of us can look forward to having an extra day off to relax and spend time with family, friends, and our pups. This memorial day weekend should be one where you create amazing memories and enjoy everything this season has to offer.
As much as our pets love to be out and about with us, we have to think about their safety at all times.
This blog is going to outline some safety tips for you to keep your dog safe, so you can plan to have a dog-friendly memorial day in Frederick!
Have a Dog-Friendly Memorial Day in Frederick by Staying Hydrated
We all love the nice weather, and memorial day weekend certainly brings a lot of sunshine. If you choose to spend your long weekend at the beach or a dog park, be sure to pack lots of cold water. You don’t want your pup don’t become dehydrated. Your local pet supply store should carry products such as collapsible dog bowls to make carrying it around much easier.
Getting out to a dog park or hiking trail with your dog is a great way to bond with them and give them much-needed exercise and stimulation. Check out Maryland Heights Trail Hike to explore the beautiful trails and paths that overlook the Harpers Ferry. It may be a good idea to also have your dog on flea/tick medication as well as heartworm before heading out into the trails. This can help curb any potential medical emergencies in case your dog gets bitten by a mosquito or tick.
Keep Your Dog Safe by Making Sure They Stay On Their Diet
For those that can barbeque this weekend, you can expect your dog to be right by your side, smelling that delicious meat. While it may be tempting to share your table scraps and bones with them, this can be dangerous and life-threatening. Corn on the cob and peach pits can easily get stuck in your dogs’ intestines. It usually requires surgery to have them removed. Bones are easy to choke on, and small pieces can get lodged in your dogs’ airway. To be safe, get them a special treat such as a bully stick to chew on while you’re enjoying your meal to keep them busy!
Keep Your Dog Away From Fireworks
It’s no surprise that somewhere in your neighborhood, someone may set off fireworks to end the long weekend festivities. Some dogs may be startled when they hear sudden loud noises and see flashing lights. If you know your dog is fearful of fireworks, it may be in their best interest to remove them from the situation before it occurs. Bring your dog inside so they are in an environment where they feel safe and comfortable.
Never Leave Pets In A Hot Car
Leaving your pets in the car on a hot day is extremely dangerous. It only takes several minutes for your pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate. We understand that it’s fun to take your pets out with you as they enjoy taking rides in the car. If you need to run to the grocery store for memorial day weekend supplies, leave your dog at home while you go out. If your dog does not like to be alone for too long, then consider hiring a professional pet sitter to watch your dog for you while you’re out running errands. This will take away your guilt and allow your pet to have good company!
If you want to know how hot it can truly get in a parked car, check out this video by Dr. Ernie Ward, who partakes in an experiment to show dog owners just how dangerous this can be.
We hope these tips have given you something to think about when planning your activities this weekend. As always, if you need assistance with caring for your pet, Woofin’ It is here for you! Check out our services page to learn more about our pet sitting and dog walking services.