The 4th of July is right around the corner. As we get ready to celebrate our Nations independence lets make sure we know how to celebrate safely so all of us, including our fur babies, have a good time.
Fun Fact: More dogs go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year! The loud noises are really scary and with all the BBQ’s and parties, it is easy for our fur-balls to get overlooked. Make sure you dogs are microchipped so if they do get separated from you they can be easily returned.
- Keep your pets at home. It can be fun to bring them, but all the activity can be more upsetting than enjoyable. If you do bring them, make sure to give them somewhere they can retreat to, like a kennel. Keep them on a leash or in an enclosed area. DO NOT leave them in your car.
- Keep your pets inside. If you go out, keep your pets in the house rather than in your yard. He will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to find you. When the fireworks start going off, even the home one’s your neighbors are shooting off, they can be very scary and your dog might try to jump the fence in an attempt to find you.
- Fireworks are loud and can be scary to your pet. Keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If he is crate trained put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure. If your pet is use to the television, put on the TV or radio to drown out the sound of the fireworks. Try putting lavender oil on their collar, as lavender is a natural calming agent and good for anxiety.
- Quell anxiety. If your pet seems overly anxious, spend some time with your pet, speaking soothingly to help them to relax. You can give them rescue remedy to help calm their anxiety as well. Adding a couple of drops of lavender oil to their collar, or putting a lavender sachet in their crate, may help sooth them as well.
- No food scraps from the grill or anywhere else. While tempting to our pets, any sudden change to your pets’ diet can cause stomach upset. If you do give them scraps, make sure not to give them things like onions, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic. Watch out for bones as well. Remember, not all bones are safe for your dog to chew. Having your dog throw up all over your party is not much fun for anyone.
- Watch for chemicals. Avoid spraying your pet with insect repellent and only use special sunscreen that is intended for animal use. Keep your pets away from matches and lighter fluid. They can be extremely irritating to the stomach, lungs and central nervous system, if ingested. If you dog does ingest lighter fluid, call your vet immediately! Just because it works for us does not mean it is ok for your dog.
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. We know that a lot of dogs like beer and other sweet alcoholic beverages, but alcoholic drinks can poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases. If your pet drinks an alcoholic beverage, call your vet immediately!
- Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets. Fireworks are very toxic. Keep any fireworks out of the reach of your pets. If your pet eats some fireworks, call your vet immediately.
If you do bring your pet with you to a fireworks show or bbq, make sure they have their microchips. That way if they get lost, they can easily be found.