With 4th of July celebrations right around the
corner, we wanted to share some helpful tips and suggested precautions to keep
your four-legged friends and family members safe!
Check your pet’s
ID tag. Be sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on their
collar at all times. This way, in the unfortunate event that they get lost,
they can be returned to you promptly!Each year, many dogs run away trying to escape the commotion of fireworks. Animal shelters across the country are prepared for receiving these “4th
of July dogs.” If
you find a lost pet, check their tag first and contact their owner, but if they
don’t have a tag, we recommend that you take them to your local animal shelter,
where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.
fireworks around pets. When curious pets get too close to fireworks, whether
activated or unused, there is the potential for severe burns and/or trauma. Many
types of fireworks contain toxic substances including arsenic, potassium
nitrate and other heavy metals. Also, the noise and sight of fireworks displays
can spook pets, leading to anxiety and distress. As previous mentioned, many pets will try to get away
from the commotion so it is best to keep them in a safe and secure place, preferably at
Never leave your
pets alone in a vehicle on hot days, even if it is just for a few minutes. Leaving
the windows down and/or parking in the shade is not good enough! Temperatures
rise very quickly inside a vehicle and since dogs sweat differently than
humans, they are not able to cool themselves down enough and can suffer from serious
health effects, including death. Due to this, many states have made it illegal to leave a
pet in a car during extreme weather.
Keep your pets
on their normal diet. Human food and drinks should be out of reach of pets.
Any change in a pet’s diet can result in indigestion and diarrhea. Foods and
drinks such as alcohol, onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins,
salt and yeast dough are especially harmful and can be potentially toxic to
animals. Ingestion of alcohol may cause intoxication and weakness that could lead
to a coma and/or respiratory failure. Keeping dog treats on hand will allow guests
who want to give your dog food a healthy and safe alternative.
matches and lighter fluid out of pets’ reach. Many types of matches contain
chlorates, which if ingested can damage blood cells and lead to difficulty
breathing, in the most severe cases it can result in kidney disease. Lighter
fluid is also very harmful and can cause skin irritation or gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression if ingested. If inhaled,
aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
candles, insect coils and oil products away from pets. If a pet were to
ingest any one of these products, it can lead to stomach irritation and
possibly even central nervous system depression. Much like lighter fluid, when
these oils are inhaled they can cause aspiration pneumonia.
Never apply any
sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet unless it is labeled
specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result
in vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling. Insect repellents that
contain DEET are especially harmful and can lead to neurological problems.
If needed, take
additional precautions to keep your pet calm. Even well-adjusted pets can
get anxious during out-of-the-ordinary events. If your pet is prone to anxiety,
please consider consulting with your veterinarian on ways to alleviate their
fear and anxiety prior to the 4th of July festivities. There are
many natural calming products that may help. We also recommend exercising your
dog early in the day, whether they are prone to anxiety or not. Make sure that
any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash as some
people may set off fireworks before dark.
We hope these tips are helpful, and wish you and your pets a
fantastic Independence Day filled with safe summertime fun!