7 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This Labor Day Weekend

From Veterinary Emergency Group in Cos Cob

Labor Day barbeques can be a lot of fun, but there are some safety tips that pet parents should always follow to ensure their pets’ safety during these kinds of get-togethers. Please see tips below to help keep their pets safe during this holiday weekend.

  • Keep Food and Drinks Away from Your Pets – Many foods and drinks can be toxic to pets and make them sick. As a result, you should always keep the delicious foods that your guests are enjoying away from your pets.
  • Take Care When Discarding Food Waste – Since there are a variety of different foods that can be dangerous for your pet, you should be very careful when it comes to discarding food waste, including grease, bones, and uneaten foods.
  • Keep Pets Away from Hot Items and Cooking Surfaces – Foods that are fresh off the grill or other cooking surfaces can easily burn our pets, so it is important that we keep them away from these things whenever possible.
  •  Keep Dogs Away from Water if They Can’t Swim – Some dogs love to swim, but that doesn’t mean that all dogs do. In fact, there are some breeds of dogs that tend to not be able to swim at all due to their body structure.
  • Always Give Your Pets Access to Fresh Drinking Water – Although our pets always need access to clean and fresh drinking water, they especially need it on hot days.
  • Always Give Your Pets a Way to Cool Down – You can do this by providing dogs and cats with an area to cool off in such as an air-conditioned room, a shady area, and/or a kiddie pool that is filled with cool water. 
  • Keep an Eye on Your Pets – The best way to prevent every item on this list is to always keep an eye on all of your pets. This way you can prevent or stop a situation before it actually occurs. 

What to do if you know or think your pet is having an emergency?

  • If you know or think your pet is having an emergency and your family veterinarian is unavailable, call an emergency vet right away. 
  • At Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG), you can speak directly to an emergency veterinarian who will help you with knowing what the next steps are.
  • VEG Greenwich is located at 409 E Putnam Ave, Suite 1, Cos Cob, CT 06807
  • VEG Greenwich is open 24/7 to help pet parents with emergencies when their family veterinarian is closed. The hospital has an open floor plan that allows pet parents to have freedom of movement from exam room to treatment floor, and they can stay with their pet during all phases of treatment, including surgery and overnight hospitalization.

About Veterinary Emergency Group

Established in 2014, Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG) is a company founded on a single mission: helping people and their pets when they need it most. VEG’s rapidly growing group of hospitals has revolutionized the pet emergency experience with a customer-centered approach, rapid response times, and a highly trained emergency-focused staff.  VEG currently has more than 50 hospitals nationwide. To locate a VEG hospital near you or for more information, please visit veg.vet.