I’ve got five big dog safety reminders for you today to ensure that you and your furry friend enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. Can you believe it is already the holiday weekend? I hope you have something fun planned despite the crazy social distancing and other things going on.
5 Dog Safety Tips For Memorial Day Weekend
1. Vehicle Safety
Chances are you will be driving to a party, a cabin, or somewhere for some weekend fun. Make sure your pup is safe in the care!
- Buckle up your pup – don’t let your dog run loose in the car as she is a danger to herself, and to you in the event there is an accident.
- Never let your dog ride in the back of a pick up truck!
- Do you let your kids hang their heads out of the car window while driving down the highway? I would guess not, so why do people let their dogs do that? Keep your dog safely restrained inside the car.
- Keep your dog’s eyes safe. If you are in a convertible, have your dog wear goggles, or even on a speeding boat. The wind is hard on a dog’s eyes, and if furs blow into the eyes, it can cause scratching.
2. Proper Identification
As we talked about last week, make sure your dog has an ID tag, and a chip. Not only do they need the ID, your contact information needs to be up to date. Especially if you are going camping, to the cabin, or other places away from home, you don’t want your dog wandering off without identification.
3. Watch The Food
Olivia loves anything food, and counter surfing is a favorite hobby. She has been like this since day one, so Mom knows to keep food away from her reach. If we have people over, Olivia is often in her kennel to keep her from getting into food. Not everything you have to eat is safe for dogs. Make sure if other people are around they know to not feed your dog food. The last thing you want on a holiday weekend is to end up at the emergency vet!
4. Careful Of The Grill
Holidays are always a big time for grilling. Grills are covered in food smells and food residue. Most dogs won’t jump onto a hot grill, but you never know. Keep your dog restrained away from the grill to avoid any terrible accidents.
5. Be Safe In The Water
If you are at a cabin, or perhaps camping, boating and swimming might be on the weekend agenda. Although most dogs can swim, they, like humans, should always wear a life jacket for safety. If your pup ends up going overboard, you can easily get them back on the boat using the handles on their life vest. If for some reason they are unconscious in the water, the vest will keep them afloat. Although dogs can swim, without a lot of training, they may not be able to make it all the way back to shore. The life vest will help keep their head out of the water until they get some help.
Holiday weekends are super fun as long as they are safe. We hope these 5 dog safety reminders help you and your best pup have a wonderful weekend!