Happy 4th of July!

4th of July is great fun but be careful with your pets

4th of July is great fun but be careful with your pets

The 4th of July is a great American holiday — the celebration of the birth of our nation. We eat hot dogs, go to the lake, spend time playing and enjoy loud music along with fireworks.

Our pets do not enjoy the holiday as much as we do because of the loud celebrations. Every year more dogs are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. As a veterinarian, it always amazes me the kind of weird mishaps that seem to happen with this holiday.

Here are some recommendations to keep your pet safe over the holidays:

  1. Have a current picture in case something should happen.
  2. Make sure not to give any “human food” to your pets. It may seem like love but you won’t love the mess that could come with it or the cost of the veterinary bills from those bites of food.
  3. If your pet is afraid of fireworks — don’t take them to the show! If you are at home and they are reacting, take them into a small safe area and play some soft music. There are products to help with the fear of loud noises such as Thundershirts, Stress Away, and other medications that you can get from your veterinarian.
  4. Know the signs of heat stroke — excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, staggering, vomiting, diarrhea, stupor.
  5. Know that sidewalks and roads can be hotter than you think — put your bare feet on them for a few minutes — if it is too hot for you then it is too hot for your pet.
  6. Make sure your pet has a life jacket on when swimming.
  7. Take frequent breaks with shade, plenty of cool water, and naps.

This is a great time of year for family and friends whether furry or not; so let’s have a safe and happy holiday!

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