While you're cooking outside for Labor Day, dogs and cats can get too close to the fun and end up getting sick.
Here are a few simple things to keep your pets safe:
1. Watch the grill. The smell of food cooking can be hard for your dog to resist. Make
sure your pet doesn't get too close to the grill.
2. Avoid hot cars. If you are traveling in a car, for a picnic, BBQ, going to the park
or visiting family, never, never, never leave a pet in a hot car, even with the windows
3. Cover the trash. Keep trash covered and away from pets to avoid leftovers and bones,
corn cobs, etc. for pets.
4. No table scraps. Resist the temptation to give pets table scraps. Fatty foods can
upset tummies, leading to vomiting or diarrhea. Keep dog and cat treats nearby. Never
give pets cooked bones; they are a choking hazard, can splinter and result in
5. Avoid overheating. Provide plenty of water and shade for your pets. If you have
concrete or other hard surfaces in your backyard, test them with the palm of your
hand. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog's paws.
6. Take care with alcohol, other toxic substances. This applies to more than just
beer and other alcoholic beverages. Other toxic substances like insect repellant,
charcoal and lighter fluid may also attract curious pets, so keep them away.
7. Tag and chip your pet. Pets can easily slip out of the door or yard if you have
a lot of people over. Make sure information on ID tags is current and that any
contact information associated with your pet's microchip is up to date.
8. Fresh water, no alcohol for pets. Alcohol can be deadly to pets. Make sure
empty cans and bottles are in the covered trash. Provide clean fresh water for pets.
9. Sunscreen for pets. Yes, pets can get a sunburn too; use pet-friendly
sunscreen or keep them out of the sun.