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Pet Safety for July 4th

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The Fourth of July is a day full of celebration, but not every member of the family enjoys the activities that come with this festive holiday. Our four-legged pets are ones that aren't necessarily fond of all the fireworks bursting in the sky. According to the pet experts at Ask.Vet [https://ask.vet/]—a service that lets you text licensed vets for quick advice—July 4th is one of the most dangerous pet holidays, and pet owners shouldn't take it lightly. 


 

Pet Safety for July 4th

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The Fourth of July is a day full of celebration, but not every member of the family enjoys the activities that come with this festive holiday. Our four-legged pets are ones that aren't necessarily fond of all the fireworks bursting in the sky. According to the pet experts at Ask.Vet [https://ask.vet/]—a service that lets you text licensed vets for quick advice—July 4th is one of the most dangerous pet holidays, and pet owners shouldn't take it lightly. 

 

 

Here are five tips to keep your pet safe (and yourself sane) this July 4th:

 

Prepare for a pet prison break

Katy Perry might like fireworks, but your pet doesn't—that's why July 4 is one of the most popular days for pets to run away. Check your fences and gates to make sure there are no easy areas of escape, and try to keep your pets indoors.

 

 

Don't let your pet eat trash

Make no bones about it: your pet will eat discarded BBQ bones, corn cobs, and anything else you leave lying around. Clean up your trash to reduce the risk of human foods getting stuck in your pet's GI tract and causing pancreatitis. 

 

 

Drugs are your pet's best friend

If you know that your pet has high anxiety, it's okay to ask for sedation from your vet. You can also ask for anxiety reducing meds like Trazodone, Alprazolam, and Sileo.

 

 

Beware of fleas and disease

If you're taking your pet camping, make sure they've got their flea and tick preventative meds. Topical meds don't require an office visit, so don't be lazy: pick it up before your trip.

 

 

Remember that your pet is as thirsty as you are

85 degrees might be fine for you, but it's too hot for your pet. Keep cool water around, and steer clear of hot pavement. If it burns your hand when you touch it, it's too hot to walk your pet!

 

 

For clarity on these tips, and to ask any other questions about summer safety for your pet, text VET to 67076. The first question is free, and one of Ask.Vet's licensed veterinarians will text you back with customized advice within minutes. It's best to be safe than sorry this Fourth of July, so take the extra steps to make this day a little more bearable for Fido. 

 

July 1, 2017

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