Happy Canada Day! We’re guessing that barbeques and celebrations are in store for many of you today, as we celebrate our beautiful country. Just keep your canine companion in mind. This can be a dangerous day for dogs! A Brampton, ON vet offers some advice on this below.
Are you setting out a spread? Fido will probably be quite interested in what’s on that picnic table. You can definitely give your furry friend something special. Just stick to pet-safe foods, like plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken with no skin, bones, or fat. Don’t give your pup garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; meat on the bone; chocolate; avocado; pitted fruit; caffeine; alcohol; or raw dough or yeast. Ask your vet for more information.
Fireworks are very scary to many pets. Fido doesn’t understand that the lights and noise are a celebration, and can get quite spooked. Take your canine buddy inside before it gets dark, and set him up in a comfy spot with bedding, toys, and a yummy treat. Turning on some background noise, like a TV, will help mask the commotion. If your pooch gets really scared, ask your vet about using pet-calming products, such as treats or sprays.
Things like bug spray, citronella oil, and lighter fluid should also be kept out of paws’ reach. Better safe than sorry!
Canada Day can get pretty hot. Make sure Fido always has fresh, clean water. If it’s really hot, he may enjoy having some ice cubes in his bowl. For extra tail wags, give your furry bff some ice cream.
Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites may very well turn up for your celebration. Keep your canine friend up to date on his parasite prevention products. Vaccines are important too, especially the rabies vaccine.
Be sure to use trashcans that close securely. Fido has been known to go through the garbage in search of leftovers. The trash could contain things like can lids, toothpicks, bones, fat trimmings, skewers, and tin foil, all of which are dangerous to pets.
Reports of lost pets often spike at this time of year. Fido should be microchipped and wearing ID tags, just in case.
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