Memorial Day Weekend is a time for thanking veterans and paying tribute to those who have served our country. It is also a time to celebrate the arrival of the summer season with gatherings, cookouts, and other warm-weather activities. Here is how to keep your dog safe during this weekend’s festivities.

Out Of The Kitchen!

It’s a good idea to keep your dog far from cooking areas, helping avoid any temptations they may have to jump up on the grill and treat themselves. Hot or raw food dropped near the grill can entice dogs on the prowl, but it could result in injury or illness. Lighter fluid and matches can also be dangerous if ingested.

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Nothing Off The Table

It can be hard to turn down a begging dog, but you should refrain from feeding them anything off the table. Many cookout staples such as onions and avocados can cause severe gastric issues if consumed by your dog, and any amount of alcohol can be dangerous. Make sure to let other guests know too!

For more food safety tips, check out this blog post: DogWatch’s Guide to a Dog-Friendly Summer Barbecue

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Keep Your Dog Cool

Whether you’re at a barbeque, hitting the beach, or just hanging outdoors, you’ll want to provide plenty of water to keep your dog hydrated. You will want to provide a designated area with some shade where your dog can cool off if they need time to recharge. It’s also important to NEVER leave your dog in the car, even for a few minutes. Dogs are more sensitive to heat than humans, and it doesn’t take long for the heat to become dangerous.

For more warm weather safety tips, check out this blog post: How to Help Your Dog Beat the Heat this Summer

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Water Safety

Even if your dog is an experienced swimmer, you should always supervise any dips in the water. If they are swimming in a pool, do your best to discourage them from drinking the water, as pool chemicals can cause stomach illness. If you’re taking your dog out on a boat, make sure they are wearing a floatation device at ALL times.

For more water safety tips, check out this blog post: Pool and Beach Safety Tips for Dog Owners

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Check Your ID

Before heading to holiday festivities, make sure to double-check that your pet’s identification is secure and up-to-date.

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Skip The Chemicals

You should always apply sunscreen and bug spray when appropriate, but the chemicals found in either can be unsafe for your dog. Make sure to keep them a safe distance away while you’re applying or find a dog-safe option.

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Celebrate Responsibly

Memorial Day weekend can be a great way to kick off summer and start enjoying the warm weather and sunshine with your four-legged family member. If you are including your dog in holiday weekend festivities, remember to do so responsibly.