Thursday, May 23, 2013

Keep Your Dogs Safe This Memorial Day Weekend!

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Although July 4th is the worst day for dogs getting lost, Memorial Day is also a risky time. People come into your house (not to mention in and out all day long) and many of them may not be familiar with your dog or your house rules. On top of that, when you host a gathering, your attention is frayed and you likely will not devote as much time to watching your dog as you normally do. Distracted owners and a house full of guests are a recipe for disaster. No one wants to see any dog go missing; it is a heartbreaking occurrence  The chances of your dog getting hurt, lost or worse are high during summer celebrations. Follow these tips to keep your dogs safe this Memorial Day weekend:
A Breed Apart: The top three breeds that run away are Labrador Retrievers, Chihuahuas and the Pit Bulls. (I have two out of the three!) 
Plan Ahead: Above all, make plans for your dog before guests arrive. Try to keep him in a gated area where he can see people but cannot get out. Or if your pup is an anxious type, consider keeping her in a quiet, but cool bedroom and make it a point to check on her regularly (or have a family member take on this task).
Better Safe Than Sorry: Just for added insurance, place the proper identification tags on your dog that list their name, your name and address and phone number.
Barbecue: Every pup loves a bite of a hot dog or hamburger but too much will leave your doggie with one unhappy and possibly sick tummy. Ask guests to not feed your dog. If you want share some of the goods, give them a bite-sized portion or two. 
Alcohol: Simply keep your dog away from it. Drinking too much can cause alcohol poisoning, coma, and death.
Burns: It’s not a good idea to give your dog (or your kids for that matter) free roam of the yard when the grill is on. Burns can happen in an instant.
Fireworks: If your dog is afraid of fireworks, place them in a closed off (cool) room and turn up the TV or radio to drown out the noise. And even if you or your guests do any small fireworks or sparklers, keep your dog inside. That is precisely when dogs can get burned and also run away.
Poisonous Products: Keep matches, citronella candles, bug sprays, sunscreens, and lighting fluid out of your dog’s reach. They can all cause serious health problems for your pup.
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