This post is originally from Nina Hollander, a talented Realtor in Charlotte, NC. It’s worth repeating many times.
13 Memorial Day/Weekend Pet Safety Tips
Please don’t forget to keep your pets safe this Memorial Day Weekend. And you can do so by following these simple 13 steps:
- Keep pets in a a separate room or kennel when guests arrive and leave to minimize the chances of your pet escaping.
- Keep a leash nearby in the event a pet does escape.
- Keep yard gates closed and locked (if possible).
- Keep pets away from hot BBQ grills, as well as from candles (especially citronella candles which are toxic to pets) and lighters.
- Keep entrances to pools closed/locked to minimize chances of a pet falling in. Also keep in mind, pool water and chemicals used to treat it are a threat to your pet. Keep fresh water nearby and keep any chemicals out of reach.
- Keep your pets away from poisonous yard plants and areas where you might have used pesticides.
- Keep cool, fresh water around indoors and outdoors, especially when it’s hot.
- If you’re travelling, use safety restraints such as a pet seat belt or crate.
- NEVER leave your pet in a hot car.
- If taking your pet to the beach, always keep a fresh bowl of water available and discourage them from drinking from the ocean, the salt water can cause an elevated salt level,which can be deadly.
- Only use pet friendly sunscreen. Those made for human use can be toxic and deadly to pets.
- Know the signs of heat stroke in animals.
- Keep the phone number for your vet’s emergency service or after-hours clinic and poison control handy and/or saved in your cell phone.
4 Memorial Day/Weekend Tips To Keep Your Pets Calm
With fireworks being such a big part of many Memorial Day celebrations, here are four tips to help keep your pets calm:
- Keep your pets indoors with curtains/blinds shut during fireworks
- Allow your pets to hide indoors if that is how they wish to cope.
- Turn on your TV or music during fireworks to help drown out the sound of fireworks.
- Feed your pet prior to fireworks as a full stomach helps to relax them and make them more sleepy.
Here’s wishing you and your pets a happy and SAFE Memorial Day Weekend!
These Memorial Day/Weekend Pet Safety Tips are provided by Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners with Re/MAX Executive, your Charlotte area residential real estate specialists and pet owners and lovers.
And if you’re thinking about adding a pet to your household, please:
ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!
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