As pet owners, we like to be with our pets all the time, especially at times and events that we know are very enjoyable. We want them to have a fair share of fun that we are having. We want to bring them to festivals, marathons, and the like.
But the thing about public events is that there are a lot of things to consider before you can take them to one. For one, the huge crowd may not be a good thing for your pet. There might be other dogs too, and you have to make sure that your dog is okay with having them around.
According to Los Angeles-based veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber, ” My feeling about taking your dog to a street festival is the same as taking your dog to a dog park. The most important thing is that the dog is okay with people and with other dogs .” If you’re dog is not comfortable with either or both around, then it might be better to keep him at home.
But if he is and you want him in on the fun, then here are some tips to keep in mind to keep him safe in the middle of a big crowd.
Keeping Your Pet Safe at Public Events
Feel the heat
Yes, you checked the weather and the forecast is that it’s gonna be bright and sunny. But it does not mean that it is safe for your pet, as there is something else you need to check: the ground. Check the pavement, the asphalt, and see if it is okay enough for your dog to step on.
Pavement and asphalt retain heat even after the sun sets, so you should always check it, even after sunset. Dr. Werber says, ” I can’t tell you how many dogs I’ve seen on beaches with no umbrellas, no dog booties and no hydration. That’s unfair to the dog and can make [him] ill.”
That’s why it pays to constantly feel the heat of the ground, especially during summer. “Take plenty of breaks and check their feet. If they are panting or agitated, it might be too hot for them. It’s time to go home,” says Dr. Werber.
Pay attention to what your dog eats
We love to share every delicious food that we eat with our dog just because we think they deserve something palatable too. But according to experts, this might not be a good idea.
“Barbecues are tantalizing. However, keeping your pet’s meals and snacks as close to normal as possible helps avoid upset stomachs, vomiting, diarrhea and emergency room issues like pancreatitis,” says Dr. Carol Osborne, a veterinarian based in Ohio.
So keep it as normal as possible. Give them what they usually consume. Do not let the fun of the festivity get into you that you might start giving them human food. According to Dr. Osborne, many of what we eat can make our pets ill.
Moreover, do not let them get close to the grill. Aside from the fire being dangerous in itself, there might be unlit matches and lighter fluid near the grill, which all can be hazardous to your pet.
Have them wear identification tags
There will be a huge crowd, so it is expected that the risk of them getting lost in it is higher. To be safe, have them wear pet identification tags, which contains your contact information and your pet’s basic info. And according to Dr. Osborne, “Today, in addition to permanently identifying your pet with a collar or microchip, newer services geared to help locate lost pets include Pet Amber Alert and pet GPS.” Get the most reliable GPS tracker on the market and attach it to your dog’s collar. This is so if they wander off, you will know their real-time location and you will have the chance to retrieve them as soon as possible.
Dog experts also recommend using non-retractable leash, especially when you are at a large outdoor event. Retractable leashes have the tendency to get tangled around objects or people, which may lead to unpleasant situation, so it is not advisable to use them.