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Keep Your Pets Safe Over Labor Day

pet labor day tipsTime to get ready for labor day weekend! The kids are back in school and fall is coming. Time to have a nice 3 day weekend with the family and friends. Vetco in Albuquerque wants to help make sure that you have a great Labor Day weekend with our pet safety tips.

  1. It’s HOT! In case you haven’t noticed it is still hot in the 505. This weekend a lot of people spend a lot of time outside, going to the park or throwing a bbq. It is great fun to bring your dog with you, but make sure they have shady spots to cool down. Remember they wear a coat they can’t talk off. Give them water regularly and try to avoid hanging out on asphalt or concrete, move it over to the grass. The hot surfaces of concrete and asphalt can burn their feet. Also NEVER leave your dog in the car. The car heats up very fast and can kill your dog in a matter of minutes.
  2. Watch the Chemicals: When we go out on family outdoor adventures we tend to bring things like sunscreen and bug spray. Since you likely already know that your dog wants to eat everything, this includes your sunscreen and bug spray. If they ingest these things, they can be toxic causing issues like excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. Ingesting DEET can lead to neurological problems. Even citronella, if ingested, can make them sick. So keep all of them out of reach of your pets. If you think they have eaten a chemical, call  24/7 Animal Poison Control Center at 855-764-7661.
  3. Watch Your Food: If you are grilling you likely have a lot of yummy food sitting around. This is the perfect time for your dog, or cat, to try to sneak off with something. A lot of human food, like onions, is not good for your pet and can make them ill or even be deadly. So if you want to share your food, try making them something special just for them like a plainly grilled chicken breast, or check out some of our homemade dog food recipes.
  4. Pool Time: Not all dogs can swim. I know this is shocking but true. Watch what happens if a pug gets in the water, it is not good for the pug. But a lot of times if they see their owners in the pool, they want to get in. You can get life jackets for your dog, so if they jump or fall in they will be able to float. But if you are spending time around the pool, keep an eye on your dog to make sure he is not getting in the water unless he is fully supervised.

With these tips, we wish you a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend.