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Fourth of July Pet Safety

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Fourth of July is a time to gather with family and friends. With BBQ’s, swimming, heading to the Lakes or attending just one of many local Fourth of July celebrations, it is a busy time and typically a long weekend. But where do our pets' fit into the fun of it all?
The truth of the matter is that most pets don't 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.

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

1. Keep your pets away from sparklers, grills and citronella candles. If you can’t supervise your pet at all times it’s better to keep him indoors. 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 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 well 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. 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 alot 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. 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 not help 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. 
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10. Be prepared for the celebration by pet proofing your yard and your home.

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.

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.
Have a great summer and a great Fourth of July! 
Be safe and please keep your pets safe! 

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