July Fourth Pet Hazards

July Fourth arrives in just a few short days. It’s a good bet that your animal companion will be included in the festivities this year—make sure they stay safe, because the Fourth is a particularly hazardous holiday for our pets! Learn more here from a Greenwood, IN veterinarian.

Local Fireworks

More pets are lost on the Fourth of July than on any other night of the year. That’s because pets don’t tend to enjoy the deafening booms and brilliant flashes of the local fireworks display; if your pet isn’t properly secured, they might dart off into the night! Never bring your pet along to the local fireworks display. Keep them secured in an escape-proof room at home instead.

Fireworks at Home

Setting off smaller pyrotechnics at home to celebrate the Fourth? It’s safest to keep your pet inside while doing so. Not only can a pet be poisoned by arsenic and other chemicals in fireworks and sparklers, they can be burned if they get too close while these items are being set off. Plus, the noises that firecrackers, sparklers, and the like make can easily scare a pet into running away.

Toxic Foods

If your pet will be around for your holiday picnic or party, make sure they don’t encounter any hazardous foods. The list includes onions, garlic, chives, leeks, scallions, shallots, grapes and raisins, chocolate, candy, gum, certain types of nuts, avocado, caffeinated foods and beverages, and much more. Keep a close eye on the food this holiday to make sure that Fido or Fluffy doesn’t have a chance to chow down.

Alcoholic Beverages

Will your holiday festivities include alcoholic beverages? Keep in mind that alcohol of all types—this includes beer, liquor, wine, and champagne—can poison a pet who drinks too much. Watch over drinks closely to make sure a pet can’t imbibe.

Hot Weather

The Fourth of July isn’t the Fourth of July without hot summer weather. Remember that our pets don’t usually do well in extremely hot temperatures. Provide your pet with a dish of cool, fresh water to drink from at all times, and give them access to the air-conditioned indoors so that they don’t become overheated. Also make sure they’re wearing up-to-date preventive medications to ward off hot-weather pests like fleas and ticks.

Would you like more tips for keeping your pet safe this holiday? Call your Greenwood, IN veterinary clinic today.

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