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Safety Tips for July 4th
Published by Dr. LaCava in Safety • 6/25/2020 5:08:05 PM
Fireworks and other Fourth of July celebrations can be fun for us, but very scary, and even dangerous for our pets. Fireworks can be noisy and startle a pet, or even injure them if they are allowed to get too close to them. Barbecue foods can cause gastrointestinal upset, resulting in vomiting and diarrhea. Fatty foods can even trigger pancreatitis in some animals and bones can cause obstructions.

Whatever your plans are this year for Independence Day, I have compiled a list of precautions that should be taken to ensure the wellbeing and safety of your pets.

Preparing in advance:


- Make sure your pets (cats and dogs alike) have identification tags with up-to-date information.
- If your pets arenít already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
- If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information and photo of your pet in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
- If your pet has historically been anxious on this holiday, or if you have reason to expect potentially harmful reactions, consider behavioral therapy to desensitize your pet and reduce the risk of problems. Some pets may need medication. Consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist.
- Make sure the environment is safe and secure. Make sure all fences around your yard are secure, in case your pet does escape the house or fireworks startle them while outside.


Safety during July 4 celebrations:


- Leave your pets at home if you are going to a Fourth of July celebration.
- Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
- If youíre hosting guests, make guests aware pets are in the house. Keep pets inside the house. Placing signs on doors in which pets are contained, may help guests from accidentally causing the escape of your pet.
- Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers away from curious pets.
- Donít let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
- Do not feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people. Keep alcoholic drinks out of your pets reach.
- If youíre travelling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe.

I hope you found these tips to be helpful! Please have a safe and festive July 4th!