For many of us, the 4th of July is the official start of summer. With the smell of barbeque in the air, fireworks popping over our heads and the enjoyment of a long-weekend, it’s the perfect combination to spend time with the friends and family we love. For all of us with furry family members, celebrating any holiday isn’t the same unless they’re right beside us, but it’s also important to keep them safe. Here are a few tips to help ensure you and your pal have a festive and safe 4th of July.
1) Keep your pets on their normal diet. While we’re grilling up the hotdogs and hamburgers, it’s tempting to want to give Fido a little piece. However, this can be very dangerous to your pet’s health. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. Remember, there are many foods that are highly toxic to animals such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough. Keep these foods out of reach of all your pets.
2) Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet. Unless the product is labeled specifically for pets, do not use protective products on pets. Ingestion of sunscreen or insect repellent products by your pets can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. Insect repellents most often contain DEET and misusing them can lead to neurological problems in your pets. Don’t forget about citronella candles, insect coils or oils for outdoor coils- all of which can cause serious health hazards to your pets.
3) Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. This may seem obvious, but the 4th of July is a time for celebration and what may seem like a no-brainer, like keeping alcoholic drinks away from pets, can go unnoticed.
4) Dogs don’t like playing dress up. Although it’s tempting to dress your cat or dog up in an adorable patriotic hat or outfit, or even string a glow-in-the-dark necklace from their necks, these products can be extremely dangerous to your pets. It’s important to keep anything that they can swallow, choke on, or impair their vision out of harms way.
5) Save the fireworks show for the humans. What we think are bright lights and exciting noises are actually very stressful for our pets. Resisting the urge to take your pets to firework shows is the easiest and best way to keep your pets safe and happy this 4th of July.