Memorial Day Hazards from your Vail Veterinarian
Memorial Day is almost here! The weather is finally warm enough to break out our grills for weekend picnics and parties, or for others, it’s time to hit the road and head to their favorite vacation spots. Whether this weekend signifies beers and burgers, or pitching your tent next to the lake, to our pets, it means an increase in possibility of a trip to the Emergency Vet!
So before you begin your holiday weekend, I hope to warn you of just a few hazards you as pet owners should be aware of.
First of all, if staying at home and grilling on the deck is your plan, please be aware of the toxic foods which are often included in the menu.
Meat with bones such as Ribs and Chicken can cause gastric foreign bodies, perforations and at minimum, gastric upset. Corn on the cob, which is so often our favorite on this day, is often a choking hazard in pets, as are toothpicks and Skewers used for grilling. Fatty foods can cause to an intestinal upset called “pancreatitis” which can cause your pet to become very ill, with abdominal pain, vomiting and lethargy. Directly toxic foods to your pet include garlic, onions, grapes, avoacados, Xylitol (found in gum and many baked goods), as well as chocolate. In addition to the foods themselves, pets will also ingest the packaging of the meats and vegetables, which can also pose a threat of intestinal blockage .
Finally, the grill itself can be hazardous, as at high temperatures, a pet could easily jump up to grab a tastey treat and be burned.
So before you barbeque, be proactive with your pet by putting he or she in a safe place and confined to avoid these many dangers.
For those folks hitting the road, be conscious of having your pet properly Id’d. Many times pets get to a new place, campers get busy socializing and then the pet is missing. Think of having your pet microchipped, and having plenty of information on the collar so you may be located. Pets can also get excited and chase after other pets in a new environment, and be exposed to dog bites, lacerations and even being hit by a car. So try to keep your pet on a leash and close by at all times. If you are traveling a long distance, be sure to have plenty of fresh water available at all times, and never leave your pet in the hot car .
We hope you have a terrific and safe Memorial Day weekend with your pets and remember, be proactive and don’t take chances.