Keeping Your Pets Safe on the 4th

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The 4th of July means barbecues, picnics, parades, fireworks and celebration. But it’s not always so fun for Fido. From July 4-6, animal shelters nationwide, see a 30% increase in pet intake rates — a large number of those pets having been spooked by fireworks and escaped from their owners. Don’t let your pet become a statistic this holiday weekend. Here are some tips to keep them safe:

  • If you are hosting a party at your home, be sure all possible escape routes from your house and yard are secured. This means windows, too.
  • Don’t walk your dog during fireworks or parades. They could become frightened and get away from you.
  • If you’re planning on going out, leave your pets at home, if you can. This is not the safest holiday for them to celebrate with you.
  • Keep a tv or radio on while fireworks are going off to help drown out the noise.
  • Try a Thundershirt to help calm your pet or talk to your veterinarian about other aides to help ease your pet’s anxieties.
  • Make sure your pets are wearing ID and if they’re microchipped, make sure your contact information is up to date.
  • Be sure to have recent, clear photos of your pet stored on your computer or phone.

Although the forecast for this Independence Day is still looking a bit iffy and we may be getting an unwelcomed visit from Tropical Storm Arthur, it’s still a good idea to take precautions with your pets on this holiday. Even a loud clap of thunder is enough to startle some dogs and send them running for cover.

Fireworks and thunderstorms aren’t the only dangers for pets during this time of the year, though.While enjoying your holiday festivities this weekend, keep these precautions in mind, as well:

  • Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets.
  • Don’t apply sunscreens or bug repellents to your pets unless they are specifically labeled for use on pets.
  • Always keep lighter fluid, matches, citronella candles and oils out of your pet’s reach.
  • Don’t feed your dogs table scraps, especially meat bones or these harmful foods, and keep trash stored in a place they can’t reach it.
  • Don’t let your pets play with glow sticks or glow jewelry.
  • Don’t use firecrackers or sparklers around pets.
  • Make sure your pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times and learn the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

We wish you and your furry friends a very happy and safe 4th of July!!

 

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