Everyone looks forward to an extended weekend, no matter what the reason, but Labor Day weekend is especially anticipated because of the planned events, food, fun, that extra day off, and don’t forget about the possibility of fireworks! While the festivities are something pet owners can’t wait for, the pets feel entirely differently about the whole situation. Don’t get me wrong, dogs especially will enjoy being taken to those end of summer barbeque’s, but it’s your job as the owner to make sure they don’t eat harmful things. While these dogs may like the change of scenery, keep in mind that when it comes time for the fireworks, pets should be put in a safe environment, far away from the noise and commotion.
Pets at Parties
Dogs will surely love to be taken to the parties that are in abundance over Labor Day weekend, however there are some things to keep in mind when letting them join in the festivities.
1. Pay attention to the food they are eating. There are a variety of foods that are dangerous to dogs and if you aren’t keeping a close eye, they could be eating food that falls to the ground, or they could be receiving hand-outs from other party-goers.
2. Small children – there may be small children at the party, so make sure to keep a close eye on your dog. Not only to make sure the children are safe, but also to prevent things like pulled ears, hitting, and kicking of your dog.
3. If there is a pool at the party, make sure your dog remains with you and away from the pool. As much fun as they have while swimming, it can be dangerous to let your dog end up in the pool at a party.
4. Other pets – you probably wouldn’t take your dog to a party with you unless he gets along with other animals, but that doesn’t mean that everyone thinks that way. You really have no idea how other animals will react around your dog, so be careful.
5. Unless fenced in, keep your dog on a leash, as this holiday weekend is notorious for missing pets.
Pets and Fireworks
Because pets have an increased capacity for hearing, the sounds of fireworks can be terrifying to them. In fact, it has been reported that dogs have literally been scared to death, and that is not the way you want to end your holiday weekend.
1. Do not bring your pets to the local field to watch the fireworks with you, as this is the reason why so many pets go missing. They hear the noises, you are distracted, and the next thing you know, they are gone.
2. Put pets indoors and close the windows. Closing the windows will at least soften the sound that is so much louder to them than it is to us.
3. Be proactive – while it is never a pet owners intention to let something happen to any member of the family, it is important to take precautions. Make sure your pets have a collar with the proper identification just in case he or she gets away from you.
4. It could be beneficial to your pet to give them something to keep them calm, like Benadryl, however it is necessary to check with your veterinarian first.