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Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips


Fourth of July has lots of fun to bring! BBQ’s, swimming, driving up to a lake or attending just one of many local Fourth of July celebrations. But do our pets like the Fourth of July?

Well, the truth of the matter is, most pets do not like the Fourth of July.

Why does my pet hate the Fourth of July?
There are many reasons. For example; loud noises can frighten your pets. 
It is safer and less stressful for your pet if you leave him at home rather than taking him to a Fourth of July fireworks celebration. 

Below are just a few things you can do to help keep your animals safe. Please feel free to “Comment” on this post if you have your own cool ideas! We’d love to share them! 

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips 

1. Keep your pets away from Sparklers, BBQ’s and Citronella Candles. If you can’t supervise your pet at all times it’s better to 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. Don't apply any sunscreens or sprays to your pet that are not made specifically for pets or advertise pet safety. If your yard has insects that are bothersome, ask one of our Veterinarians for a recommendation on pet safe insect repellents such as Nexgard, Bravecto and Front Line Plus.
3. Keep your pet Hydrated! Make sure to fill his bowl if he is going to be outside with you and always use a “Non-Tip” or heavy bowl. His bowl will need to be changed regularly because the heat can quickly turn it into a hot mess containing icky green slime! Never assume your pet’s water bowl is full and hasn’t spilled or been splashed out.
4. Don’t place party favors, glow ropes or other festive party favorites on your pet. If ingested they can cause severe health problems and even death! Besides, they don’t understand what you are doing and can be frightened by them.
5. Do not include your pet in large celebrations. Noise, Fireworks, alcohol and unsupervised ingestion of foods can be harmful to your pet.Veterinarians see an over abundance of sick pets because of all of the people food they consume during the festivities.
6. This again is common sense, do not bring your pet somewhere and then leave them in a car.
7. Make sure your pet has an ID Tag on his collar with your current information. Microchips don’t have to be worn around the neck because they are implanted beneath the skin, and they can help reunite him to you if found and brought to a veterinary clinic to scan for a microchip. Vet clinics do not charge to scan a found dog for a microchip. It's important to make sure your pet’s microchip is registered and your information is current. An un-registered microchip will do nothing if your pet becomes lost.
9. Never chain your pet outside, if spooked, he could strangle himself. Your pet should not be outside in this extreme heat! Chaining a dog to a fence or tree is abuse. With tragic stories on the local News channels about pets being left outside in the heat and yes, some dying because of it, please keep them indoors! If you think it’s okay to keep your dogs outside in the heat, maybe you'd like to sit out there with him drinking his hot water, sharing the same tree branch shade, and sweating your paws off too?
10. Lastly, be patient! Be prepared for the celebration by pet proofing your yard and your home. We know you can do it! Just get moving!

The Fourth of July is one of the year’s biggest days that animals get lost. The noises, the parties, all of that can contribute to your pet escaping your home or yard and becoming lost and alone on the mean streets.

We are fortunate to have an expert pet professional whose business is to help you locate your lost pet! Deborah Cooke, owner of Missing Pet Detectives and her team of highly trained search and tracking dogs can assist pet owners with their lost dogs. If your pet goes missing please don’t delay in trying everything you can, as soon as you can. Time is of the essence and with every second that passes your pet could be further away without the hopes of coming home.

If you find a lost animal this summer please take him to your nearest veterinarian so that they can scan him for a microchip. Hang fliers, but be vague with the animals information and description. Less information is best so that the true owner must identify specifics. Don't list the sex or breed of the animal. A short description such as small, medium, large, and color is ideal. In order to find the real owners they must know that the pet in question has a "heart shaped" white mark on its left side, or a crooked tail, etc.

We hope you have a great summer and a great Fourth of July! Please be safe and please keep your pets safe! 

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