Tips to Avoid a Labor Day Trip to the Vet

Labor Day is here, and in tribute to the contributions of workers who have made our country prosper, many people (and their pets) are gathering to enjoy games, picnics, BBQs and other outdoor activities. While we are busy spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the last bit of summer weather, it is important to remember the safety and well-being of our furry friends.  

Our pets will naturally want to be included in the festivities, so we have to beware of potential risks and ensure they enjoy themselves as much as we do,” explained Jessica Romine, DVM, DACVIM, BluePearl, Detroit (currently osabbatical). Also, be aware that fireworks and other loud noises may be happening, which can trigger anxiety in lots of dogs and cats and be prepared to handle this as well. 

Labor Day tips to avoid unanticipated trips to the veterinarian 

Due to differences in their liver metabolism, cats are more sensitive to many medications, topical therapies, essential oils, and other products,” said Dr. Romine. “So, any new chemicals, for humans or pets, should be used with caution around cats and always be used in a well-ventilated area.” 

While BBQs and outside activities are an exciting time for people, pets are relying on owners to keep them safe from the dangers that these get togethers bring. If there is chance that a pet has consumed something toxic, or is displaying symptoms of toxicity, immediately seek help from a veterinarian.