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To many people, Memorial Day Weekend is the start of summer. It is a celebration filled with fireworks, barbeques, parties, and drinks. In order to make sure you and your furry friends have a fantastic Memorial Day here are some tips and tricks on how to keep your pet safe all weekend long.


Fireworks are a means of celebration during holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July but for dogs, the sound can be quite startling.  The loud noises can cause your pup to panic and run away. To avoid your pup winding up lost or injured make sure your pet is indoors during a firework display. Communicating with your pet during a firework show is one of the most effective ways to keep your dog calm during a firework show. Reassuring your pup that everything is ok will help your dog relax.

Extras: To prepare your pooch for the sound of fireworks playing these sounds from a phone or speaker a few weeks in advance helps to become more familiarized to the loud sound. Making your pet comfortable with the sound and playing it before a walk or meal will allow your pup to associate the fireworks with something good.

Foods to Avoid

Before you begin firing up the grill for Memorial Day Weekend keep these foods in mind to keep out of reach from your furry friends.

Ribs, chicken wings, etc.

Although ribs and steak bones may seem like the best scraps for your dog, the bones can actually be harmful to them. These foods can cause choking, puncture, or a splintered bone could become lodged and cause serious injury. To avoid any mishaps toss the bones in a dog-proof can.


Hot Dogs contain high amounts of preservatives and salt that can lead to digestive problems for dogs. However, these issues only happen when large portions of these barbeque favorites are consumed. With that being said if you do feel the need to pass your pet a dog make sure it is cut up into bite-size pieces to avoid choking and for portion control.

Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob is hazardous to our four-legged family members because of the shape. Gnawing on the cob can cause choking and harm the digestive tract.


Even though onions may be one of your favorite toppings on your cheeseburger keep them FAR away from your dogs. Including all similar foods such as shallots, garlic, and scallions. Onions have compounds that have the ability to harm the red blood cells of your pup. Large amounts are needed to become an issue but it is better to be safe than to be sorry. If your pet does consume onions it takes three to five days for symptoms to become visible. Symptoms include weakness, fatigue, unwillingness to move, and dark urine.


Avocados contain persin which can cause digestive issues in cats and dogs. The mixture of onions and avocados in guacamole can lead to serious issues. More guac is always a good idea… just not for your pup.

Grapes/Fruit Salad

If a fruit salad is present at a barbeque or any Memorial Day Event keep it far away from your dog. Grapes and raisins have been linked to kidney failure in dogs and may be fatal.


Chocolate is one of the most well-known toxic foods for pooches. Consumption of chocolate can lead to arrhythmias, muscle tremors, and seizures. If the chocolate is sugar-free and sweetened with a substance known as a Xylitol is can lead to a fast drop in blood sugar and some dogs may develop liver failure.


Dogs and cat are both highly sensitive to alcohol. Only a few ounces of beer or wine can harm your pets. Make sure to keep your booze out of reach from your furry friends.


If you plan to head to the beach or any place under the sun for Memorial Day do not forget the fluids. Make sure to pack extra water for you and your dog. Direct sunlight for long periods of time can cause heat stroke so make sure to get your pup in the shade as often as possible.


The weekend can get pretty hectic wherever you go, especially if you plan to stay in Charleston for the holiday. Make sure wherever you are, keep your dog on a leash. It is easy for your pet to get distracted by critters, other dogs, or loud sounds.


It is always great to spend the day with your furry friends, especially on such a fun weekend. However, make sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date ID tag is on at all times just in case he wanders off.