For a majority of festive partiers across the world, St. Patrick’s Day is an annual holiday honoring one thing: St. Patrick, arguably the most famous patron saint of Ireland. The holiday more often than not comes with a celebratory side affect: drinking, and lots of it.
In It’s a Dog’s World, you can learn how to plan Yappy Hour®, Mutt Makeovers, Birthday Paw-ties, Bark Mizbahs and a number of other canine parties, all encouraging a way to party with your pets, but partying with your pets come with one warning – absolute no drinking for your dogs.
So this St. Patrick’s Day, parade your pet with pride, and while you may indulge in a glass or two (three, four, or five), do not share with your four-legged friend. Alcohol consumption in pets is a dangerous game, and dogs can suffer death from a single bout of alcohol ingestion. The scary part is that dogs are sometimes attracted to alcoholic beverages in all forms and sadly, they can die after a single taste. In fact, hundreds of dogs do get sick and suffer death from alcohol ingestion each year.
If you indeed suspect your pet has slurped up some ale or an icy cocktail, look for the warning signs that include vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing and lack of coordination. If your dog exhibits these signs after being in contact with alcohol, consult your vet immediately.
Certainly if you want to share every pleasure this St. Patrick’s Day with your dog, including the old fashion drinking of beer, there is a way to bypass sickness for celebration. My grandfather was a big O’Douls drinker, but pet product companies have already launched a number of pet-friendly, non-alcoholic beers.
Try this canine drink on for size:
Bowser Beer Ale – a non-alcoholic beer high in protein, containing Glucosamine which essential for maintaining healthy joints
And remember, partying with your pets is an animal lovers dream but never risk your dog’s life for a thrill. Keep open alcoholic containers away from dogs (sometimes they can be attracted to the smell/taste) and be smart will you celebrate.
Here are other tips to ensure your pets’ safety during St Pawtty’s Day!
– Bring Out The Leprechaun costume! With a variety of St Patrick’s Day dog costumes on the market, it is crucial to make sure your costumed, cuddle-buddy is comfortable. Make sure your pet can move freely, and avoid irritating fabrics. Do not force your pet to wear a costume if he/she feels uncomfortable and appears to dislike it. Do not let your pet keep the costume too long, its skin needs to breathe! Note not all dogs love to dress up!
– Not All Dogs Love to Party! If your pup is uncomfortable around crowds and loud noises, consider keeping them in doors and in a quiet room away from the action.
– NO Green, Dark or Milk Chocolate! Dogs and cats should avoid chocolate like the plague! If you have some old chocolates from Valentine’s Day, or already bought some for Easter, don’t give them to your pets! Chocolate contains Theobromine, which can cause heart, nerve and circulatory problems in our furry pals. Never let them have any treat or food that contains chocolate. Also be careful with candy or nuts. Only give healthy treats especially made for your pets in mind!
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Happy And Safe St. Pawtrick’s Day!
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