Ahhh Memorial Day…
The sun…the sand…all that food…that three day weekend…
HAS ANYONE SEEN THE DOG!?
Memorial Day has become a holiday centered around fun and the family. For some of us, that may mean a weekend getaway to the beach while for others it may mean a busy camping trip to the mountains. Others keep it more low key, with a family picnic or a relaxing day spent at the pool.
No matter how you chose to spend your holiday weekend, pet moms and dads know that our loving pooches and felines our also part of the family. So how do we keep them a part of the fun in a way that is safe and healthy for them as well?
After all, we went to kick off our summers in the best way possible!
1. Create a comfortable area for your pet out of the sun.
If you are going to be outside in the hot, summer sun all day it’s important that you keep your dog comfortable too. You know that you can only handle so much sun, heat, and humidity….now imagine walking around with a fur coat on! Pack an umbrella or tarp with you or find a cool, shaded area wherever you are where your pet can relax. For those hours in the sun, it’s also important to keep your pet’s skin protected with sun screen. They can burn just like we can and as important, loving family members it’s vital to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays just like you would yourself or your children. Consider purchasing Petlink’s Doggy Sun Mist on Chewy.com. I have used this product before and loved it!
2. Provide your pet with plenty of water.
Just as it is important to keep your pups comfortable in the shade, if you feel your pets are becoming over heated or parched, it is important to make sure they are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially if they are running around and being active. If you are on the go or camping, consider carrying a portal and packable water dish with you. Another great option is the this instant water bottle with an attachment that flips into a water dish from Chewy.com. Pay attention to your pets needs. If they are telling you they need a drink, it’s time to take a break.
3. Avoid the urge to slip your pup those yummy table scraps.
I know those adorable little puppy eyes are cute! Trust me, I have given in to them more times than I would like to admit, but I also promise you that they will survive without that bite of burger or cake or whatever other delicious treat they have set those soulful eyes on. Keep your pet safe this holiday and avoid the temptation to feed them your picnic food. Many picnic foods are filled with ingredients that are harmful to Fido. Just think of all the dishes alone that contain onions-a toxic gold mine to dogs! (Eating onions can cause the red blood cells in a dog’s body to burst). Many of us enjoy our hot dogs and burgers with onions, while baked beans and many other salad dishes also contain the harmful ingredient. In addition, the ingestion of too much hot dog at once (or any high fat food) can cause acute pancreatitis in dogs while many dessert dishes may contain xylitol or chocolate, two other toxic ingreients to dogs. Spare your pup this holiday and instead pack with you their own dog food! If you are really feeling like spoiling Fido, bake and pack with you your own dog safe treats or desserts. There are thousands and thousands of recipes online to choose from nowadays for even the pickiest of pups!
4. What about my pets I have to leave at home?
It can be sad to have to leave your pets behind. With a reactive dog, I have to leave Bean behind all the time. As loving pet moms and dads, we want our fur kids to be able to join in on all the fun, but for some of us that just isn’t realistic. Whether it be because of behavioral or health issues or just because we can’t bring our cats to the picnic sometimes we have to leave our pets at home. So how can we ensure that they too have a safe and happy holiday even when we can’t be around? If you are planning on being gone all weekend or for most of the day, look into hiring a pet sitter to take care of your cats or dogs. You may already have a neighbor or friend in mind who has the time to come watch your pet. If so that’s great! If not, there are plenty of digital options to explore to find a trustworthy pet sitter for your best friend. Check out Care.com or Rover. Depending on where you live there may be hundreds of different potential sitters to chose from!
If you aren’t comfortable hiring a total stranger, consider boarding your pet for the weekend. More and more pet hotels and boarding facilities are springing up all over the place all the time and most of them will cater to your needs and provide fun for your pups so you won’t have to feel like your dog is locked up in a metal cage the whole time missing you!
If both a pet sitter and boarding don’t sound like options to you because you are only going to be gone for a few hours, just be sure to make the house comfortable for your cats and dogs. Be sure to leave out plenty of water for them to drink. Provide some toys or enrichment items to keep them stimulated as well. This will also ensure that they do not find other more valuable items to chew on (a shoe, perhaps?).
If you are going to be gone extended hours, but are close enough to home to make a quick stop, consider carving out some time to return home to feed and give your pups a bathroom break. You may not be there long, but they sure will be happy to see you and it will ensure they are comfortable until you return for the rest of the night.
Memorial Day should be a holiday filled with fun for both you and your pets. As any pet parent knows, our four legged friends bring more joy than we could ever put into words into our lives. However, they also force us to sit back and make special considerations for their wellbeing when it comes to things like holidays, vacations, and extended time away from home
If you follow these four tips you will be able to keep you pets safe, happy, and healthy this holiday while also ensuring an enjoyable, worry free time for yourself and your family!
Happy Memorial Day!
How do you and your fur-friend celebrate the holiday? Drop a comment below to share 🙂