4th of July Safety Tips for Pets

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, many people are making plans for the summer holiday. Remember to keep your pet’s safety in mind. This can be a dangerous time of year for pets! A local Los Gatos, CA vet offers some Fourth of July Safety tips for pets in this article.

Fireworks

Fireworks are a huge part of July 4th celebrations. Unfortunately, many pets find the lights and noise absolutely terrifying. Keep pets inside as much as possible around the holiday. Fluffy may very well head for her favorite hiding spot. Fido may be more comfortable in an interior room or in his crate, with treats, toys, and bedding. Turn a radio or TV on to mask the sound. If your pet gets extremely nervous, ask your vet for tips on using calming products, like collars or sprays.

Food

Many popular barbeque foods are toxic to our furry friends. Some of the things you should never give your pet include garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; nuts; pitted fruit, especially avocado; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; chocolate; alcohol; and anything containing xylitol.

Toxins

Fireworks, gasoline, matches, citronella, insect repellant, and lighter fluid are all toxic to pets. Keep these things out of paws’ reach!

Trash

This is somewhat more of a concern for dogs than cats, but it’s important to make sure your trash is pet-proof. The garbage could contain things like skewers, bones, tin foil, plastic wrap, and toothpicks, which are all hazardous to pets!

Weather

July is one of the hottest months of the year. Make sure that your pet always has water and access to cool, shaded areas. If you want to give your furry companion a special treat, offer them a bowl of sodium-free beef or chicken broth. Fido may also enjoy chomping on an ice cube or two, while Fluffy may like to play ‘hockey’ with one.

Safety

If you’re hosting guests, pay close attention to your furry pals, and make sure you always know where they are. If you have a yard, we strongly recommend getting a self-latching gate. It’s very easy for pets to get frightened and dash out as people are coming or going!

Please contact us, your Los Gatos, CA pet hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!