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Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

July 01, 2019

With the Fourth just around the corner, many people are stocking up on fireworks and making plans to celebrate with family and friends. This can be a dangerous holiday for our animal companions, so you’ll want to take some precautions to keep your animal companion safe. A Pasadena, MD vet discusses July 4th pet safety below.


Temperatures can really soar in July. Don’t forget that your pet is wearing a fur coat! Make sure your four-legged friend always has fresh water and access to cool, shady spots.


There’s no reason you can’t offer your furry buddy a special holiday snack. Just stick to safe, suitable foods. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken, without the skin, bones, or fat, is fine for both dogs and cats. Never give Fido or Fluffy anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; alcohol; grapes, currants, and raisins; nuts; pitted fruit; or xylitol. Meat on the bone is also dangerous, as are raw meat, dough, and yeast.


Ticks, fleas, and other dangerous bugs come out in droves at this time of year! Keep up with your pet’s parasite control products and vaccinations.


Lost pet reports typically peak on or after the 4th. Many pets are absolutely terrified of fireworks, and will run away out of sheer panic. Start limiting your pet’s outdoor time a few days before the holiday, and bring them in early that night. If you have a dog, put Fido in his crate or in a quiet back room with bedding, toys, and a yummy snack. Turn a radio on to mask the noise. Also, make sure that your pet is microchipped, and wearing current ID tags. Better safe than sorry!


Grilling out is a big part of many July 4th celebrations. Keep pets away from the grill! This one goes double for dogs. Fido could get his leash wrapped up around it, or snap up something that’s fallen to the ground.


The garbage could contain things like can lids, bones, skewers, toothpicks, and other hazards. Use a can with a secure lid, just in case Fido gets any bright ideas.


Sunscreen, lighter fluid, torch oil, citronella, bug spray, and other chemicals are all toxic to pets. Keep these things out of paws’ reach!

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