It’s Canada’s 150th birthday and there are many fun activities planned all around the country. No matter where you are celebrating, make sure your pets stay safe. Here are some tips to help ensure your pets enjoy the holiday as much as you do.
- It’s going to be a gorgeous, sunny weekend. Whether your pets are with you or are staying at home, make sure they have plenty of water to drink and a shady spot to stay cool.
- If you are leaving your pets home alone, it’s a good idea to make sure they are safe in the house or in a secure dog run. Some pets may become spooked by unfamiliar sounds and could escape the yard.
- Make sure your pet is wearing identification and that your contact information is current. Safety collars with tags, ear tattoos, and microchips are all good options. A combination of visible ID (tattoo or collar/tags) and a microchip is best.
- If you are taking your pets with you, do not leave them unattended in your vehicle. Temperatures in a vehicle can rise to deadly levels very quickly, even with the windows cracked.
- BBQ’s and parties can be lots of fun, but can cause havoc on a pet’s stomach. Keep party food and alcohol out of your pet’s reach and ask your guests not to give them treats (unless dog-safe treats are provided by you.)
- Whether fireworks are expected near-by or you are having a get-together, loud noises can cause stress and anxiety for pets. Make sure your pets have a safe, quiet area or den to retreat to should they get scared. This can be especially helpful for pets being left alone while you are out watching fireworks.
- Plan ahead. If your pet suffers from anxiety, ask your veterinarian about options that may help reduce your dog’s stress.
Dr. Angie Chambers Phone: 250-727-0003
Royal Oak Pet Clinic
101-4478 West Saanich Rd
Victoria BC V8Z 3E9