How to Keep Pets Safe on July Fourth

How to Keep Pets Safe on July Fourth

Will you be including your pet in the July Fourth festivities this year? Like any holiday, the Fourth brings with it a few animal hazards to be aware of. Learn more below from your Natrona Heights, PA vet.

Don’t Bring Pet to the Fireworks

More pets run away on the evening of July Fourth than on any other single day of the year. That’s because pets don’t take kindly to fireworks; they’re usually terrified of the loud booms and bright flashes of light. Rather than bringing your pet with you to your local fireworks display, leave them at home in a secure area where they’ll be safe and sound.

Use Caution with Fireworks at Home

Lighting off fireworks, firecrackers, or sparklers at home to celebrate the nation’s independence? Remember that these smaller pyrotechnics can also startle pets into running away. It’s also possible for fireworks to burn a pet who gets too close. To be safe, keep your pet indoors when lighting off fireworks at home.

Toxic Food Troubles

There are plenty of common picnic and party foods that aren’t good for pets. If your pet is included during mealtime, make sure they can’t get their paws on onions, garlic, chives, shallots, grapes or raisins, macadamia nuts, avocado, salty foods, fatty items, chocolate, candy, or caffeinated items. Also take care not to slip your pet bones, whether they’re cooked or uncooked. Bones can splinter apart when chewed, creating a laceration hazard.

Beware of Alcohol

Will your Fourth of July celebrations include alcoholic beverages? Remember that alcohol of all types—wine, liquor, beer, and champagne alike—can harm a pet who ingests too much. Alcohol affects animals just like it affects us; the difference is that it only takes small amounts to result in poisoning. Keep a close eye on all drinks, and never give your pet alcohol on purpose.

Protect Against Outdoor Pests

It’s a good bet that your animal friend will be spending time outdoors this holiday, especially if you own a dog. Remember to keep them on quality pest preventatives to protect against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and parasitic worms like heartworm and roundworm. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet needs these medications to ward off pests.

Would you like even more Fourth of July safety tips for your pet? Call River Valley Veterinary Hospital, your veterinarian serving the Natrona Heights, PA area, for advice from the professionals.

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