Tips for Pet Safety

Here’s a list of good ideas to help keep your pet safe, healthy & relaxed – all while having a great time at the Pet Parade! Pay particular attention to how your pet is doing around other people and animals – and in the weather. Portland temperatures, at this time of year, can change quickly and things can heat up fast for animals.

  1. Don’t leave your pet in the car, even just for a minute.
  2. Give your pet frequent access to plenty of water.
  3. Do not have your pet eat food without knowing the contents and source are safe.
  4. Keep your pet from eating plants on the ground like mushrooms and dandelions which can be toxic or cause allergic reactions.
  5. 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.
  6. Be observant for injuries or soreness, especially on the pads of feet or under fur and feathers.
  7. Ask for permission with 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.