Canada Day Pet Safety

Happy Canada Day! Although we’re not out of the woods yet, it’s safe to say that there will be a decent amount of revelry going on today. The summer holiday can be a dangerous time for Fido and Fluffy, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on your furry friend. A local London, ON veterinarian lists some safety tips below.


This one is absolutely crucial! Whether you stay home or go out, make sure your pet has plenty of water available at all times.


Pets can overheat very quickly when they’re outside in hot weather. Fluffy and Fido should always have access to shady areas. Better yet, keep them inside, in rooms cooled by fans or air conditioners. This is especially important around midday and early afternoon, when it’s hottest. Hot pavement can also cause paw burns. Keep your four-legged pal on grass or dirt.


Are you going for a day trip or taking a boat ride? Give Fido plenty of chances to stretch his legs and relieve himself.


Be very careful with what you offer your pet. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry is fine, as long as there are no bones or fat. Store-bought treats are also a safe bet.


Make sure that your pet is wearing proper ID tags. If Fido and Fluffy haven’t been microchipped, we strongly recommend getting that done as well.


Some dogs do fine in crowds. Others get very frightened around strangers. If Fido falls into the latter category, don’t take him to that block party with you. If you do take your canine buddy out, watch for signs that he is uneasy, such as licking his lips or tucking his tail. Bring him home if he seems scared.


Headed to a pool or lake? Keep a close eye on Fido. We recommend putting a doggy lifejacket on him. Better safe than sorry!


Many of our patients are terrified of all that noise and commotion, and who can blame them? Bring your four-legged friend indoors before dark, and put them in a quiet, comfy spot with bedding, toys, and treats. Turn a radio or TV on to drown out the noise.

Happy Canada Day! As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your London, ON animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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