Independence Day is coming right up. This can be a dangerous holiday for our animal companions! It’s important to be aware of the seasonal dangers that can threaten our furry pals, and take appropriate steps to keep your beloved pet comfy, healthy, and safe. A Germantown, MD vet offers some tips on keeping pets safe on the Fourth in this article.
Many pets get very, very scared by the sounds of fireworks. Even the most loving and loyal pet can bolt if they get scared. Limit your furry friend’s outdoor time around the summer holiday. Bring pets indoors before it gets dark, and don’t let them outside unleashed. The actual Fourth is the most important, but people sometimes get started early, so you may want to be careful that whole week.
Having a barbecue? It’s fine to offer Fido and Fluffy a treat, but you’ll need to be sure to stick with safe foods. Some of the unsafe options include garlic and onions, avocados, grapes and raisins, meat on the bone, and raw dough or yeast. Ask your vet for more information.
Does your four-legged pal hate loud noises? Pet-calming products, such as treats and pheromones, can be very helpful in soothing anxious pets. Puzzle toys and treat-dispensing toys can keep Fido and Fluffy occupied, while a radio may mask the noise.
The Fourth is often a scorcher. Keeping Fido and Fluffy hydrated is absolutely crucial when it’s really hot out. Make sure your fuzzy pal always has plenty of clean water and access to cool, shady areas.
Reports of lost pets often spike around the Fourth. While we hope your four-legged friend stays safe and sound, it’s best to take some precautions. Make sure Fido and Fluffy are microchipped and wearing ID tags. (Note: GPS tags aren’t a bad idea, either.)
Toxins are another concern. Some of the most dangerous ones include lawn/garden products, insect repellant, and torch oil, as well as certain plants. Things like slug bait and rat poison are also deadly. If you’re going to someone else’s place, ask if they have anything like that set out before letting Fido play in their yard.
Is your pet due for an exam? Contact us, your Germantown, MD animal clinic, anytime!