There’s a pretty pawesome pet holiday coming up. June 21st is Dog Party Day! Fido is a very social animal, and he does benefit from being able to play and interact with other pups. A local Louisville, KY vet offers some advice on hosting a dog party in this article.
First and foremost, you’ll need to choose the right spot. This should be in an enclosed, petproofed area. A fenced yard is ideal, but you may also be able to use a park. Just make sure that the place is safe, and does not have any toxic plants, sharp or small objects, or other hazards. (Note: we would recommend having a pet first-aid kit on hand, just in case.)
This is a big one. Not all dogs play nice with others. Even sweet dogs can become aggressive if they feel scared or bullied. Only invite pups that you know are friendly, polite, and well-behaved. Your guest list may include Fido’s buddies from the dog park or doggie daycare, or maybe your friends’ and family members’ dogs. The four-legged guests should also all be current on their vaccines and parasite control products.
You can’t have a proper dog party without entertainment. Set out some toys and games for your canine friends! An automated ball launcher is bound to be a hit. You can also bury toys in a sandbox, or add some floating ones to a kiddie pool. Just be careful with sizes: large dogs can choke on things made for smaller pups.
Fido may be the guest of honor, but dog parties are also great for catching up with your own friends. Have a potluck or grill out for the humans! Ask everyone to bring a few dog treats. This is a great time to make ‘pupsicles’ or other frozen snacks for Fido. Just stick with things you know are safe. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Want to really make the most of the occasion? Put your party to work … for charity. Host a fundraiser or supply drive for a local shelter or nonprofit. You may end up raising more than you expected! Don’t forget to take pictures!
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Louisville, KY animal hospital, we’re here to help!