Houston Humane Society wants everyone to take the following steps to be sure pets have a happy, healthy, and humane Labor Day Weekend.
- Safe and secure! Keep gates, fences, and doors closed! Labor Day is a high traffic holiday with many people coming and going from cookouts, pool parties, and picnics. Save yourself the heartache of a lost pet by keeping entryways secured.
- Collars, Tags & Chips! Be sure your pet is wearing a collar and tags with up-to-date contact information in case they escape or end up lost. If your pet is microchipped, make sure the I.D. info is correct. Give them the best chance possible of finding their way home if they go missing. What to do if your pet is lost: http://www.houstonhumane.org/news/latest-news/lost-pet-tips.
- Mosquito manio! Mosquitoes are a way of life in Houston, but repellant products made for humans often contain DEET – an ingredient that can induce vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling in our pets. Look for a pet specific mosquito repellant to use on your dog this holiday.
- H2O! If you are taking your pet with you on your outings, be sure they have access to fresh water at all times. Planning to spend the day at the beach, by a pool, or in a river? Monitor your pet at all times, even dogs that are strong swimmers can get into danger. In addition, be mindful of them drinking water that can be contaminated with bacteria.
- Picnics and bar-b-ques! Popular ways to celebrate Labor Day. Keep in mind animals can suffer from heat stroke just like a human. Make sure you give pets plenty of breaks from the heat! If you plan to be out in the heat all day, you may opt to leave Fido at home.
- Pit falls of the bar-b-que pit! Never leave your dog unattended with a bar-b-que pit while it is in use. That delicious food might be too much for them to resist. An overturned pit could cause serious damage to your dog in the blink of an eye, not to mention a potential fire hazard.
- Skip the scraps! It may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill, but many foods can be hazardous to pets. Keep your pet on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can lead to sever indigestion and upset stomach. Examples of everyday hazards include avocados, grapes, raw/undercooked meat, and onions.
- Keep away! There are a few bar-b-que staples you need to keep out of your dog’s reach: alcohol – alcoholic drinks have the potential to poison pets; matches and lighter fluid – if ingested, both can cause harm to Fido and lighter fluid can cause skin irritation as well; citronella – candles, insect coils and oil products can cause stomach irritation and possibly damage a pets central nervous system.