With Independence Day coming up next month, people are anticipating a day of barbecues, fireworks and spending time with their families and their pets. Your pet may want to join in on the celebration, but some of the festivities may actually pose as a danger to them. Keep these pet safety tips in mind to help you and your pets better enjoy this year’s Fourth of July celebrations:
- Be careful of what your pet eats this holiday — Bones from steak, chicken, and/or ribs can make your pet extremely sick. They can cause an obstruction if ingested. Be careful that your pet does not eat them. Also, food outside of your pet’s normal diet can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- Watch to make sure your pet isn’t afraid of fireworks — Many pets are afraid of the loud noises caused by fireworks. If they are afraid, it can cause them to bolt if they are outside, become destructive if they are inside the home, or just be plain scared. If you feel your pet is afraid of fireworks, do your best to keep them indoors and away from the celebration. Depending on the severity of the behavioral symptoms, you may even want to contact your veterinarian to discuss medications to help keep your pet calm.
- Keep your pet safe from the heat — There are many dangers that hot temperatures pose for your pet. To learn more about it, click here.
- Hold onto your drinks — Coffee and tea contain dangerous components called xanthines, which cause the damage to the dog’s nervous system or gastrointestinal tract and heart muscle stimulation. Animals are also attracted to the sweet smell of alcohol. Each year, hundreds of dogs die after a single bout of alcohol consumption. Keep such drinks out of reach.
It is imperative that pet owners take precautions and special care of their pets during the July 4th holiday. The hot weather, potential dehydration, and noise could have serious effects on your pet’s health. Should you have any problems, please contact Central Veterinary Associates. Its Valley Stream hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including July 4th.