10 Pet Prep Tips for Memorial Day Weekend


  1. Keep your Pet Indoors

Fireworks, and other loud noises can cause some pets to become terrified and anxious!


  1. Never Leave your Pet in a Hot Car

Even if you are running into the grocery store for a “quick second” to get those last-minute ingredients for your famous cobbler, you should never leave your pets inside of a car – not even if the windows are cracked and your car is parked in the shade. It only take 15 minutes for a pet to die from heat stroke!


  1. Carry IDs!

Whether you are traveling or not, be sure that your pet is microchipped, or fitted with a collar that has an ID tag containing identifying information, or both. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.


  1. Provide Plenty of Water

Pets can become dehydrated quicker than you think, so it is very important to provide plenty of fresh water.


  1. Keep Alcoholic Drinks Away

Most pet parents know not to give their pets alcoholic beverages; however, alcohol poisoning is very common due to pets eating foods where alcohol can be found such as: unbaked dough containing yeast or rum-soaked cakes.


  1. No Table Food

Although it may be tempting to throw a few table scraps into your pet’s bowl, any change in your pet’s diet could result in vomiting and/or diarrhea. Common foods found at BBQs like onions, grapes, avocado, and chocolate are especially toxic to pets.


  1. Don’t Give Your Dog That Bone

While it’s very tempting, it can also be life-threatening. Along with bones, BBQ bits, like gristle and fat should never be given to your dog. Certain breeds and dogs that are overweight are subject to pancreatitis.


  1. Be Prepared When You Go Hiking

If you plan to hike during Memorial Day weekend, always make sure the trail allows for dogs and be sure your dog is in good shape and has the endurance to go on a hike. Brachycephalic breeds and small dogs, physically, cannot handle strenuous hikes.


  1. Don’t Leave Pets Unsupervised Around a Pool or Lake

Not all dogs are expert swimmers! Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Also, try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains potentially dangerous chemicals like chlorine.


  1. Keep Pets Clear of Matches, Candles, and Fireworks

Before you light up that grill or spark up those bug-zapping candles and festive fireworks, be sure that your pet is out of harms way. Matches, citronella candles, and fireworks are very easy for pets to ingest and are extremely toxic – not to mention, the loud noise of fireworks can cause great stress and fear in pets.