7 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR DOG SAFE ON JULY 4TH
1. Keep your Pet Indoors at All Times!
Even if your pet is used to being outside, fireworks or other loud noises may cause them to panic, break their restraint or hop a fence in a frightened attempt to find safety. If you have to bring your dog with you make sure they are on a leash.
2. Alcoholic Drinks Poison Dogs
Never give alcohol to your pets. Consuming alcohol can dangerously intoxicate them causing a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Yes, even beer is toxic; fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to dogs and cats.
3. Going to a Fireworks Display? Leave Your Pet at Home
The safest place for your pet is at home, not in a crowded, unfamiliar and noisy place. The combination of too many people and loud fireworks will make your beloved pet freak out and desperately seek shelter. Locking them in the car is also not an option; your pet may suffer brain damage and heat stroke.
4. Have Your Pet Properly Identified
If your pet manages to break loose and become lost, without proper identification it will be that much harder to get them back. Consider fitting your pet with microchip identification, ID tags with their name and your phone number, or both. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up signs.
5. NEVER Use Fireworks Around Pets
Fireworks can pose a danger to inquisitive pets and could result in severe burns or trauma to the paws and face, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.
6. Don’t Give Your Pet “Table Food”
You may be tempted to slip some snacks to your pet, but like beer and chocolate, there are other foods that could also cause harm. Coffee, onions, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible threats for dogs and cats.
7. Don’t Leave Your Pet Unattended in a Car.
You might have heard that temperatures in your car can reach dangerously high temperatures in a matter of minutes in the summer. While leaving your dog unattended in the car is never a good idea. If you think you might need to leave your dog unattended, it’s best to leave them at home.
The safest and best bet for celebrating this July 4th with your pets is to find a safe, secure spot in your home while you go out and enjoy the loud bangs, bright lights and spectator fun. Your pets will appreciate the quiet a lot more than you’ll enjoy the noise.
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
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