By Nan Talleno

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This Memorial Day weekend, there’ll be plenty of picnics, barbecues and get-togethers to celebrate the start of the summer season. Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe.

The ASPCA recommends keeping your pets indoors; it’s safer, quieter and much easier for both you and your dog. But if you’re heading out and planning to take your dog with you, here are several safety ideas to keep in mind.

When driving, keep your dog safe in a car safety harness for traveling. Always provide fresh water frequently during your trip and make frequent stops for your dog along the way.

No matter how tempting, never offer your dog the picnic “people” food as it would greatly upset his/her stomach and can cause severe gastrointestinal upset. Keep your dogs on their regular diets and keep their walk schedule as usual.

Never use insect repellent made specifically for humans on pets. It’s not intended for animal use and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling.

Always provide shade as dogs, just like people, can suffer from heat stroke and exhaustion.

NEVER leave your dog in the car unattended even for just a short time and even with the windows open.

Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend for all!

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