Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and is a great reason to get outdoors and celebrate with your family and friends – including your four-legged ones. If you’re cooking out, soaking up the sun, or attending a party it’s important to keep your pets safety in mind. Here are some tips to keep in mind while you celebrate.

Pawty Smart
BBQs are probably one of the most popular activities to do on Memorial Day. Make sure the table scraps are limited and keep pets away from food that contains raisins, grapes, chocolate, nuts, avocados, and those delicious adult summer beverages.

Swim Safely
Don’t leave pets unsupervised when swimming in a pool, lake, or beach. Also important to prevent your pet from drinking pool water that contains potentially dangerous chemicals.

Avoid the Sprays
Unless specifically designed for animals, insect repellant and sunscreen can be toxic to pets. Signs of toxicity include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.

Relax in the Shade
Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so if you’re spending time outside make sure there is plenty of fresh, clean water and a nice shady place for them to relax. Flat faced dogs like Pugs and Bulldogs are more susceptible to heat related conditions so these friends should be monitored closely.

Road trip Companions
Make sure you never leave you pet in your car unattended, keep an eye on personal items you brought along (gum, medications, etc.), and make sure to stop for potty breaks as needed.

IDs, Please
Warmer weather means more outdoors time, it’s always a great idea to have your pet microchipped and have a collar/tag in case they decided to explore on their own.