4 Pet Tips for Labor Day

by DFS-Pet-Blog on August 24, 2015

Summer might be a soon-to-be memory for many of us as days get shorter, but as the last hurrah of summer nears and we celebrate Labor Day, we need to ensure our pets will be safe on this holiday and all others. Keep these tips in mind as you celebrate at home with friends and family.

1. Heel the Heat 

You might be getting your cool-weather gear ready for fall fun, but fall is still a few weeks away, and Labor Day temperatures can still reach unlikely highs. 36957P_011_SQ

Even outdoors in a non-shaded area, the heat can quickly get to your pooch and cause serious complications. If your dog is outside enjoying time with your guests, be sure to provide access to water at all times and a shaded area.

Running to the store to pick up party food and favors? Don’t leave your pet in a hot parked car even if you’re in the shade or will only be gone a short time. Learn more about Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs.

2. Food for Thought

Although you (and friends and family!) might be tempted to sneak a bite-size snack from the holiday spread to your pets, don’t be! Foods such as chocolate, coffee and grapes can be toxic for pets, and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Pets should never consume alcoholic beverages as it can cause intoxication, seizures, low blood sugar, arrhythmias, coma and death. And be sure guests know your house rules about not giving pets table scraps!

3. Playtime 79631_001SQ_A1332

Do your pets have tons of energy and need a lot of one-on-one attention? As the host of Labor Day festivities, you might not be able to give your dog or cat the playtime they need while guests are over, but there is a solution.

Try to get some playtime in before guests arrive to help tire your pets out, and invest in some interactive and treat toys to help entertain them while you’re entertaining guests.

4. Escape Artists

Exercise pens and containment gates are simple solutions that serve as barriers to help keep indoor pets inside when guests are coming and going throughout the day. FS55962N_091HZ

Panels can be taken apart to add another gate, and used as free-standing 8-panel or 12-panel barricades.

If you have a new puppy, an exercise pen offers a safe play area outside where you can keep an eye on your canine companion as you converse around the grill or take a dip in the pool.

And always make sure your dog is wearing a collar and ID tag with current contact information, or microchip your pet so she can be identified at any time in case she gets out of the yard or slips out of her collar.

TELL US!
How do you celebrate this holiday with your pets?


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