ALBANY, N.Y. – As Independence Day festivities approach, experts are recommending that pet owners keep pet safety in mind during holiday celebrations.
Remember that fireworks are no blast for some pets and may cause them to experience an increase in anxiety and stress during the show. According to the American Kennel Club Companion Recovery Service, the July holiday is the most active time of year for pet recovery. Dogs are most susceptible, as sound of the fireworks tends to spark fear and leads them to run away. If pets begin behaving unusually, veterinarians suggest:
Aside from runaways, veterinarians say they usually see an uptick in emergencies related to vomiting, diarrhea and heat exhaustion over the holiday weekend. Here are some general safety tips to prevent exposure to warm weather ailments:
As you enjoy your Fourth of July feast, veterinarians are also asking pet owners to keep in mind that the summertime foods you enjoy, could harm or, in some cases, even kill your pet. If your pet ingests unusual foods and begins to display signs of gastrointestinal upset, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Foods to remain particularly aware of keeping from your family friend are: