- Labor Day is a busy holiday and there are many people coming and going from cookouts, pool parties, and picnics. Not only are the doors to your home opening and closing more frequently, but the roads are more heavily trafficked. Prevent your pet from getting lost or hit by a car by keeping entryways secured or confining your pet to one room when you have company.
- Planning a BBQ? If you are planning an all day BBQ or picnic in the heat, it’s probably best to leave your pets inside where it’s cool and there is plenty of shade and water!
- Don’t leave your pet unattended around the BBQ if you do decide to let them join you outside though. The smell of the food is too tempting and an overturned grill can pose a serious burn and injury hazard – not to mention wreck your meal plans!
- When in the doubt, skip the food scraps! More pets end up in the vet’s office around holidays than any other time of year because humans think its ok to feed them scraps from the grill. Don’t change their normal diet or routine. There are many other toxic human foods like onions, garlic, tomatoes, grapes and chocolate that could be in your holiday dishes so its best to feed your pet food designed for pets.
- Keep citronella and insect repellant oils out of reach. Ingesting any of these items can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression in your pets, and if inhaled, the oils could cause respiratory distress.
- Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of paws’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing.
Have a safe and happy Labor Day!
Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard
2281 W. Eau Gallie Bvd | Melbourne, FL 32935