Keeping Your Pet Safe on the Fourth

The Fourth of July is just around the corner! While this can be a great time to relax and perhaps enjoy a barbeque with friends and family, the summer holiday can be both scary and dangerous for our animal companions. Here, a Lafayette, LA vet offers some tips on keeping your furry buddy safe on the summer holiday.

Keep Pets In

Many people see fireworks as beautiful displays of patriotism. However, to our animal companions, they can be absolutely terrifying. Many dogs are extremely frightened of loud noises. Our canine pals often instinctively run when they get scared. Therefore, sadly, many dogs are reported as lost after the holiday. We recommend erring on the side of caution. Limit Fido’s outdoor time around the holiday. This applies to cats too, although in Fluffy’s case, we recommend that she live indoors year-round.

Safe Zone

Kitties often feel safest in small, enclosed spaces. Make sure that your feline buddy has some safe places to retreat to if she gets scared. This can be a spot under the couch, or a little pet tent or tipi. (Tip: you can make a cute cat tent in just a few minutes with a wire hanger and an old tee shirt. Look online for step-by-step instructions.) If your neighborhood is very loud, you may want to put your pet in a quiet back room with food, bedding, toys, treats, and, in Fluffy’s case, a litterbox. Turn a TV or radio on to mask the sounds coming from outdoors.

Safety

Our animal companions often get very, very interested in barbeques, especially when we start making delicious dishes like burgers or chicken. It’s fine to give your pet a special treat, but stick to pet-safe ingredients. Never give Fido or Fluffy anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; pitted fruits; nuts; chocolate; alcohol; grapes, currants, or raisins; meat on the bone; or raw dough, meat, or yeast. Trash, chemicals, open gates, and fireworks are also hazardous to pets.

Water

July is one of the hottest months. Dehydration is a serious concern at this time of year. Make sure your four-legged pal always has plenty of fresh, clean water. If you like, you can drop an ice cube into your pet’s bowl to cool it off.

Enjoy your holiday! Please feel free to contact us, your local Lafayette, LA vet clinic, anytime.

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