We all enjoy celebrating the Fourth of July with our friends and furfamily. However, as you can image, Fourth of July, comes with serious precautions, we as responsible pet parents, need to take. Here are my top 5 most important tips to help ensure the safety of your pets.
1. Did you know that more dogs go missing on the fourth of July than any other day of the year? This is because noises from fireworks and other celebrations can result in extreme fear that causes dogs to bolt. I have seen dogs dig out from a fence and go running in the neighbourhood in an attempt to seek shelter, only to end up being lost. Make sure you have YOUR current information updated with your dog’s microchip provider. You can check to see if your contact information is correct by calling the provider. Don’t remember who that is? You can use this link(http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org) to identify the source of microchip and further information regarding the registration. A good old fashioned dog tag is also always a good idea, though if your dog slips his collar, a microchip becomes essential.
2. Noise phobia. ASK your veterinarian about giving your dogs something to settle them down at least two hours prior to an anticipated noise event. Fireworks and thunderstorms are serious triggers for negative behaviors for some dogs. Asking your veterinarian about Sileo, trazadone, CBD full spectrum and more are just several ways you can manage the noise. I even have found that using the “thunder shirt” on these guys help. Oftentimes, pet parents find their dogs in the bathtub or in a closet because finding a confined space helps ease the deep noises that create such unwanted behaviors. This can result in these furbabies hurting themselves.
3. Keep the garbage high and away! When entertaining for a barbecue, dogs may unconceivably sneak into the garbage left on the ground and low and behold will find a jack pot of googies (corn cobs, ribs, bones, barbecue foods, desserts, etc). These foods can not only be toxic but also deadly. Dogs can show signs of intestinal blockage via inappetance and can also show severe pancreatitis as well as dietery indisrection (vomiting & diarrhea). Keep the garbage elevated and away. Kindly ask your guests to avoid giving them table food. In exchange, they would much rather prefer belly rubs and catching the ball.
4. Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases. Exploiting dogs drinking alcohol on social media is not only wrong, it’s just stupid, Don’t be that person people are going to chat about in a negative way.
5. Keep citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets. I once saw a dog with aspiration pneumonia from inhaling citrontella oils and he was hospitalized for 7 days! He recovered but was super sick. May sure these items are secure and the dogs can’t know them over with their tails and cats don’t get their tails burned.