Memorial Day Pet Tips

Happy Memorial Day! With summer finally here, now is a good time to share some pet safety tips, courtesy of Pet Health Network.

Foods like grapes, raisins and chocolate is poisonous to dogs. Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute that is also poisonous to dogs and is found in many products including candy, mints, gum and baked goods.

Food items like fruit pits, small bones and even corn on the cob can cause choking or can get caught in the intestines which may require surgery.

Barbecue bits including fat and gristle should never be given to your dog and can even lead to pancreatitis in some breeds.

Take precautions when hiking with your furry companion. Small dogs and brachycephalic breeds (pugs, bulldogs, Shih Tzus and Boxers) cannot physically handle strenuous hikes. Make sure to always bring plenty of water.

Keeping our furry friends cool, especially dogs, is critically important. Even though dogs and cats like to sunbathe, direct sunlight can cause overheating leading to heat stroke.

Never Leave Your Pet In The Car

Enough said.

In addition to the obvious firework hazards of fire and chemical combustion, please bear in mind that the loud noises and bright lights produced by fireworks can be very frightening to pets.

Yes, dogs can sunburn. This not only feels as terrible as it does to us humans, but can also lead to skin cancer. Talk to your veterinarian about sunscreens for your pet.

Ensuring our canine friends are properly leashed provides a vital level of safety for everyone.

Wearing a collar with current ID tags is always recommended just in case our furry friend should get free and wander off.

This article was adapted from a Pet Health Network story by Tori Houle titled “10 Pet Prep Tips for Memorial Day Weekend” including graphics and statistics from