Unless you’re participating in a dog-friendly or pet-specific parade, bringing your dog to a parade can be risky. Parades are often loud and crowded, which can make animals very uncomfortable. Your dog might get so frightened that it slips its collar and tries to run away.
🐾If you decide to do it anyway, here are some tips🐾
- Give your pet frequent access to plenty of water.
- Do not have your pet eat food without knowing the contents and source are safe.
- Know the signs of exhaustion, over-heating, and too much stimulation: Watch for excessive panting, glassy eyes, discoloration on the tongue, nervous energy, high body temperature, and agitation.
- Be observant for injuries or soreness, especially on the pads of feet or under their fur.
- Always keep alcohol away from pets. Alcohol consumption for pets can cause vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing and more.
- Some of the debris left on the street can look like a toy to your dog. Ingesting these items could pose a choking hazard or an intestinal blockage.
- Experts say that costumes should be evaluated for safety. The pet should have optimal breathing room and should not wear decorated necklaces as they can be choking hazards, as mentioned earlier.
🐾 As for other peoples pets🐾
- Ask for permission from the owner before you pet an animal that isn’t part of your own family. This helps everyone have a safe and respectful time.
If you have concerns about your pet’s health, check in with your vet for a consultation.