It’s fitting that our annual tribute to the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces should be celebrated in the most time-honored American fashion – read: with a classic BBQ. Unfortunately, traditional Memorial Day festivities can pose some risk for your pet, particularly if s/he opts to eat from the grill or, weather permitting, spends the whole day in the sun. Fortunately, we’ve got some easy ways to dog-proof your upcoming Memorial Day celebrations to ensure all the dogs at your party enjoy the weekend’s celebrations as much as their human hosts!
9. Barbecue With Caution
The grill is essentially the water cooler of every Memorial Day gathering — people will hang out here throughout the party, which means your pooch will want to be involved, too. However, it remains critical to keep your pet somewhat separate from the party’s prime appliance — and not just because s/he will be naturally inclined to swipe whatever’s cooking. Charcoal, briquettes, grill cleaners, and lighter fluid can cause serious damage if digested, and we probably don’t have to mention what could happen if your pet’s fur gets too close to the flame.
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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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