Memorial Day Safety

HEAD: Remember Pet Safety on Memorial Day

It’s a day when we remember those lost—and the unofficial start of summer. If you’re cooking out, soaking up some rays, or just hanging with family and friends, keep your pet’s safety in mind with these tips:

  • Beware toxic foods. Onions, grapes, raisins, and avocado are all toxic to animals, so keep them out of paws reach. Corn cobs can cause gastrointestinal obstructions and cooked bones are a choking hazard.
  • Don’t leave pets unsupervised around water. Not all dogs are expert swimmers, and drinking pool water full of chemicals can make them sick.
  • Insect spray is for humans only. Unless it is specifically designed for animals, the chemicals in insect spray can cause vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and even neurological damage.
  • Provide plenty of cool water and shade. Pets can get dehydrated quickly and those with flat faces, like pugs and Persians, are especially susceptible to heat stroke.

Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend!