Happy 4th of July! We hope you enjoy your holiday but please think about your pets today! The 4th is a tough holiday for many pets. Below are some tips to keep your pet as safe as possible.
- Make sure your pet is in an enclosed, secure area. Dogs can get scared or even harassed by strangers in the neighborhood. Dog fights are common when unfamiliar dogs interact.
- Assure your pets’ collars are secure and have current information on their tags. Visitors can accidentally let your pet escape and scared pets will break through or jump over fences. Lost pets are common during the 4th.
- Keep food, alcohol, and decorations out of your pet’s reach. Pets can get in a lot of trouble from eating things they shouldn’t.
- If you’re enjoying the day outdoors with your pet, be cognizant of environmental hazards. Drinking salt water and eating sand can make a dog very sick. Provide plenty of freshwater, especially if you’re in a hot climate. Don’t leave your pet in a parked car. Watch for ticks and foxtails if you’re going for a hike. And don’t forget the sunscreen for your dogs, too!
- Plan ahead if you think your cat or dog will suffer anxiety from the noise. Prepare a comfortable place for her in the quietest room in the house. Play white noise (like a TV) during the fireworks. Offer treats or toys if you think that will distract her. Try a Thunder shirt or a lavender scented air freshener. Ask your vet if you think your pet would benefit from sedatives.
For other tips, see Dr. Joel’ s KCOY Ask the Vet Segment from a couple years back: