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Keep pets safe during Fourth of July celebrations

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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:

  • Making sure they are safe inside and unable run away, particularly if your pets are prone to frighten easily.
  • Double checking to make sure your pet is wearing a properly fitted collar with correct identification and tags, in the event that are able to escape.
  • Playing with them during the firework display to distract them or placing them in a secure area where they feel safe.
  • Placing a blanket over the kennel to decrease anxiety, especially if your pet is accustomed to being kept in a kennel.
  • Consider leaving a TV or radio on to drown out the sound of the noise while you're out enjoying the display.

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:

  • Keep pets in an air conditioned environment during the heat of the day and limit strenuous activities such as running and playing.
  • Always make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water.
  • If possible, keep pets in the shade.
  • Never leave pets in an unattended parked car. Partially opened windows on hot days do not provide sufficient airflow to prevent overheating.
  • If your pet does become overheated, spray them down with room temperature or cool water. Never use ice water because it can cause a decrease in blood flow to the skin, allowing heat to escape the body, which makes heat exhaustion symptoms worse.

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:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chives
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Grapes
  • Avocados
  • Raisins 
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