Fourth of July Pet Safety

Fourth of July Pet Safety

With the Fourth coming up, many people are making plans to spend time with their friends and family members. Our furry buddies count as both, as far as we are concerned! However, this can be a dangerous holiday for pets, so you’ll need to take a few precautions to keep your animal companion safe. Read on as a local Chico, CA vet offers some Independence Day pet safety tips.

Protect Pets From Heat

The Fourth is often a scorcher. Hot weather can be very dangerous to Fido and Fluffy! Make sure your pet always has cool, clean water. You may want to set out multiple water stations. Pets should also have access to cool, shady spots. You may want to limit your furry friend’s outdoor time during the hottest part of the day.

Be Careful With Food

Pets love yummy food just as much as we do. However, many things that we like are toxic to them. Don’t let your four-legged pal have anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; pitted fruits; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; xylitol; or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat.

Provide Safe Haven

Many animals are terrified of fireworks. Before it gets dark, bring your pets inside. Set them up in a comfy spot with treats, toys, and bedding, and put on some background noise. If your furry buddy is extremely scared of loud noises, ask your vet about pet-calming products. Pets should also be microchipped and wearing ID tags, just in case. It’s always best to err on the side of caution!

Keep Trash Off-Limits

This one mostly applies to Fido, though there are some kitties out there who aren’t shy about looking for leftovers. The garbage can contain quite a few things that are dangerous to pets, such as bones, tin foil, fat trimmings, and can lids. Use a trash can with a secure lid.

Preventative Care

Summer is a peak time for parasites like fleas and ticks. It’s also when many wild animals are most likely to be out and about. Make sure that your pets are up to date on their vaccines and parasite control.

Enjoy your holiday! Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance! As your local Chico, CA veterinary clinic, we’re here for you!

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