The Fourth of July is just around the corner. You’ll need to keep a close eye on your furry best friend as America’s birthday approaches. This can be a dangerous holiday for our animal companions! A local Bellevue, WA vet offers tips on keeping Fido and Fluffy safe over the Fourth in this article.
Independence Day is often a scorcher. Pets can overheat very easily on sweltering days. Make sure Fido and Fluffy have plenty of fresh water available at all times. They should also have access to cool or shady areas. You can also offer cold treats, like ice cream or frozen broth cubes.
Grillouts tend to be the standard July 4th fare. It’s fine to give your four-legged friend something special, but be careful with what you offer them. Some unsafe foods include grapes and raisins, avocado, chocolate, alcohol, meat on the bone, garlic and onions, and anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.
Garbage from grillouts can be both tempting and dangerous to frisky pets. Fido isn’t above pawing through the trash in search of leftovers. He may even snatch an unattended plate! Things like tin foil, skewers, bones, and can lids can all pose serious threats. Use cans that close tightly, and pick up leftovers as soon as everyone’s done eating.
Be cautious with chemicals as well. Things like tiki oil, pesticides, and even lawn/garden products are toxic to dogs and cats.
Many of our animal companions are absolutely terrified of fireworks. Pets don’t understand the noise or flashing lights, so the commotion can trigger a fight or flight response, even in the most loving pets. Keep Fluffy indoors, and keep Fido on a leash whenever he’s outdoors in an unfenced area. You may need to take a few additional measures to soothe and comfort your furry pal. Pet-calming products, as the name suggests, can be very helpful here. Some pets may feel more secure in weighted shirts. If Fido and Fluffy have a crate or condo, they may feel safe and cozy in there. We’d also recommend walking and playing with pets before it gets dark, so they’re a bit tired—and therefore calmer—when the fireworks start.
Happy Fourth! Please reach out to us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Bellevue, WA pet hospital, we’re here to help!