Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner, and while it’s a great time to celebrate with friends and family, this holiday can be traumatic for our furry friends. The loud fireworks, crowded spaces, and untraditional food or debris can make our dogs anxious and sick. However, with a little pre-planning and care, you can keep your pups happy and healthy during this exciting weekend. In this blog post, we’ll go over five tips for supporting your dog during Memorial Day Weekend celebrations.
Keep them on a consistent routine
Dogs are creatures of habit, and changing their routine can cause them to feel stressed and anxious. Stick to their usual feeding, walking, and sleeping schedule even during the holiday weekend. If you’re going to be out for an extended period, ensure they have a comfortable and safe environment to relax, such as a crate or a quiet room.
Create a calming environment
Fireworks and loud noises can be terrifying for dogs. Provide them with a safe space to retreat to when things get too overwhelming. Whether it’s a cozy corner or a crate with comforting blankets, make sure they have a designated area where they can feel secure. Additionally, consider leaving them with a white noise machine or soft music to help drown out the noise.
Keep toxic things away
Chocolate, alcohol, and grill scraps are among the things that are toxic to dogs. Ensure that these items are kept away from your pup’s reach. If you’re hosting a barbecue or gathering, make sure your guests are aware of the danger and keep food or drink out of your dog’s reach.
Exercise and playtime
Physical exercise and playtime can help your dog release pent-up energy and keep their anxiety in check. Take them for a walk or a run in the morning before the holiday festivities begin. Play their favorite game or engage them in some simple obedience training. It’ll help them relax and enjoy the celebrations better.
Stay informed and prepared
Lastly, stay updated on any events or fireworks around your area so that you can prepare your dog accordingly. Some dogs may require medication or intervention in extreme cases. Be mindful of your pet and maintain constant communication with your vet on the best approach to handling your dog’s anxiety.
With these five tips, you can ensure that your furry friend has a happy and healthy Memorial Day Weekend. Preparation, communication, and care are the keys to helping your pet cope with this exciting yet terrifying holiday. At Green Leaf Pet Resort, we offer daycare and boarding services to make sure your dogs are always cared for, even during Memorial Day Weekend. Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can help you care for your pet.