Tips for keeping your dogs, cats and other pets safe and happy during summer celebrations
Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, and possibly hazardous.
On the Fourth of July, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sights and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday.
Help your pets keep their cool: Follow our steps for making them safe during loud and warm weather festivities.
– If you are going to see live fireworks displays, leave pets at home. The crowds, commotion and loud sounds can be stressful. Dogs in stressful situations may also bite.
– Make sure your pets are safely at home in a quiet, secure area and provide them with familiar toys, blankets or beds. A crate or a room will help keep dogs and cats who want to be left alone happy.
– Crank up music or the television to mask the sound of fireworks.
– Provide water and food: Fear makes dogs pant, and unfamiliar food makes them anxious.
– If you and your pet are invited to a July fourth picnic or BBQ celebration, remember that alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets, so never leave your beverage unattended. Avoid giving your pets raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol, all of which are toxic.
– Never leave your pet alone in the car, even with the windows rolled down. In just a matter of minutes, temperatures inside a parked car can reach dangerous levels.
– Always make sure that your pets have appropriate and current identification and microchips so if they do get lost, they can be quickly returned.
– Don’t leave them outside where they jump or dig to escape the yard.
For more information about microchipping and other protective services for your pet, contact our hospital at (619) 225-8000.