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July Fourth Safety for Pets

America’s birthday is just around the corner! Many of us are looking forward to spending the holiday with friends and family members, perhaps enjoying some delicious barbequed food. However, the Fourth can be quite scary for our furry pals. It also presents certain hazards for pet owners to be aware of. Here, a Fort Worth, TX vet discusses July Fourth safety for pets.

Fireworks

Many of our four-legged pals find fireworks absolutely terrifying. The danger here is that Fido and Fluffy both often instinctively bolt if they are frightened. Sadly, reports of lost pets often spike around the Fourth. If you have a dog, limit Fido’s outdoor time around the holiday. If your pooch has a yard to play in, make sure your fencing is secure and that your gates latch tightly. Bring your pets indoors before the fireworks start. You may want to put your dog in his crate or a quiet back room with bedding, toys, and treats. Turn a TV or radio on to mask the noise.

Food

Barbeques are a big—and delicious—part of many Fourth of July celebrations. It’s fine to give your furry buddy a special treat, but be very careful what you offer. Many foods often found at cookouts are dangerous to pets! Never give your four-legged friend chocolate; alcohol; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; pitted fruits; or nuts. Ask your vet for more information.

Trash

Trash can also be a hazard. After a grill-out, the garbage could contain skewers, bones, tin foil, plastic wrap, and other dangerous items. Use trashcans with secure lids.

Chemicals

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

Heat

July is one of the hottest months of the year. Make sure your furry buddy always has fresh water and access to rooms that are cooled by fans or air conditioners. You’ll also want to keep a close eye out for signs of heat exhaustion, such as panting, drooling, trembling, and unusual behavior or vocalizations. If you see any of these red flags, immediately give your pet water and contact your vet for further instructions.

Please reach out to us, your Fort Worth, TX pet clinic, with any questions or concerns about pet care. We’re here to help!

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