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Fourth of July pet safety   

Fourth of July is a fun time! A time for celebration!

For people that is…….   Most pets do not like Fourth of July.

Loud noises can frighten your pets. 

Fireworks can injure your pets, and both of these can cause your pets to try to escape, making the Fourth of July a huge day that we see many "Lost Dog" or "Lost Cat" signs the following day on July 5th.
It is safer and less stressful for your pet if you leave him at home rather than taking him to a Fireworks Display.
Below are tips to help you keep your pet safe for your Fourth of July Celebration!

1.    Keep your pets away from Sparklers, BBQ’s and Citronella Candles. If you can’t supervise your pet at all times, keep him indoors where he will be safe. Secure him in a quiet, pet proofed room with a TV playing or soft music to alleviate the noises from outside. 

2.    Do not apply any sunscreens or sprays to your pet that are not made specifically for him. If your yard has excessive insects that are bothering your pet, ask your local Veterinarian for a recommendation on pet safe insect repellants such as Front Line Plus and K9 Advantage. 

3.    Keep your pet hydrated. Make sure to fill his bowl if he is going to be outside with you. 

4.    Do not place party favors, glow ropes or other festive party favorites on your pet. If digested they can cause severe health problems and even death!

5.    Do not include your pet in Large Celebrations outside of your yard. Noise, Fireworks, alcohol and unsupervised ingestion of foods can be harmful to your pet. Do not ever bring them with you and leave them in the car!! Microchip your pet. You may have a better chance at finding him should he run away.
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6.    Make sure your pet has an ID Tag on his collar with CURRENT INFORMATION!

7.    If your pets must stay in the backyard, please make sure they cannot dig under the fence or jump and never chain your pet outside! If spooked, he could strangle himself.  
8.  Be prepared for the Celebration by pet proofing your yard and your home.You won't regret it!

9.   For the cat owners, cats can also be frightened of such festivities! Make sure your cat is in a quite room with a TV or radio on as well. Watch the doors when opening and closing to go outside. They may try to escape not knowing they are running to the source of the noise. Cats can get just as easily frightened!

 "The Thunder Shirt" has become fairly well known to help dogs that are afraid of thunderstorms (or any loud noises) by using gentle pressure to calm your dog.

Unfortunately, the Fourth of July is one of the year’s biggest days when animals get lost. 

Remember, If your pet is microchipped and/or has an ID tag on with Current telephone numbers, you increase your chance of being reunited with him.  
Follow these links to read more on microchips. There are many companies that provide microchips and your pet may use a different brand but this will give you an idea of what they are and how they work. 

Your family Veterinarian can microchip your pet. It only takes a minute so please call and schedule your pet to come in for one! 

If you have taken every step to help your pet through this celebrated day and he is still a basket of nerves, you may need to consult with your Veterinarian for alternatives such as mild tranquilizers to keep your pet quite.

If you have an emergency please make sure to have the following Emergency Clinic Telephone Numbers and Addresses handy.

86 West Juniper Avenue
Gilbert, AZ, 85206
(480) 497-0222

1st Emergency Pet Care
1423 S Higley Rd #102
Mesa, AZ, 85206
(480) 924–1123

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