Pets can tell when you’re gearing up for a barbecue, pool party or celebration. They are ready to have as much fun as you and your guests are.
It’s not quite that simple. Writing in Family Circle, experts give these tips so a good time can be had by all, including your dog.
* Guard the grill. Your cat and dog will do anything to get their paws on a piece of meat, even snatching it off a flaming fire or grill. Rotate responsibility for watching the grill throughout the festivity. If you cooked with charcoal, cool it, wrap it in tin foil and toss it into the trash.
* Use caution at pool side. A pet can jump into the water and swim, but may not be able to climb out. Assign a family member to be a pet lifeguard. Pet life vests are also available.
* Beware of toxic foods. Guacamole, specifically avocados and onions can be poisonous to pets. Bones, skewers and even corn cobs can get lodged in the lining of the intestinal tract. Remind guests not to feed them.
* Minimize loud noises. If your dog or cat tends to get anxious around large groups or noisy crowds, find a haven inside your home for him. During Fourth of July parties, avoid exposing your pet to fireworks. Loud explosions can cause a dog to develop a lifetime fear of thunderstorms.
* Keep a collar on for identification in case your dog goes party hopping down the street.
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