N.Y. – As Independence Day festivities approach, experts are recommending that
pet owners keep pet safety in mind during holiday celebrations.
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:
sure they are safe inside and unable run away, particularly if your pets are
prone to frighten easily.
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.
with them during the firework display to distract them or placing them in a
secure area where they feel safe.
a blanket over the kennel to decrease anxiety, especially if your pet is
accustomed to being kept in a kennel.
leaving a TV or radio on to drown out the sound of the noise while you're out
enjoying the display.
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:
pets in an air conditioned environment during the heat of the day and limit
strenuous activities such as running and playing.
make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water.
possible, keep pets in the shade.
leave pets in an unattended parked car. Partially opened windows on hot days do
not provide sufficient airflow to prevent overheating.
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
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:
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