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Beware of These July Fourth Pet Hazards

The Fourth of July is only a few days away—are you ready to face the myriad of hazards that present a danger to your pet? Here, your Marietta, GA veterinarian tells you how to keep Fido safe and sound this holiday.

Fireworks Displays

Did you know that more pets are lost on the Fourth of July than on any other single day of the year? That’s because the loud booms and bright flashes of fireworks tend to terrify our animal friends, often startling them into running away into the night. Don’t bring your pet to your local fireworks display; instead, leave them at home where they’ll be comfortable and secure.

Home-Use Fireworks

Many families set off smaller fireworks, firecrackers, or sparklers at home in the driveway to celebrate the nation’s independence. Use caution when doing so, because even small fireworks can scare animals into running. There’s also a chance that fireworks can burn a pet who gets too close. It’s best to keep your pet inside while lighting off pyrotechnics.

Heat and Sun

July Fourth and summer heat go hand-in-hand. It’s a good bet that your dog will be included in any holiday picnics or parties, so take a few precautions. Allow your dog back indoors into the air conditioning so that he can cool off. When he is outdoors, provide a large dish of cool, fresh water and a shaded spot for him to rest under. These measures will help to avoid dangerous dehydration and heatstroke.

Dangerous Picnic Foods

Plenty of common picnic and party foods aren’t good for pets. The list includes onions, garlic, chives, shallots, grapes and raisins, avocado, certain nuts, chocolate, candy, gum, salt, and more. It’s also best to avoid giving your pet bones, as cooked and uncooked bones can splinter apart and create razor-sharp pieces. In addition, take caution if your picnic will include alcoholic beverages, as alcohol can poison our four-legged companions in very small amounts.

Outdoor Pests

With extended outdoor time comes the risk of outdoor pests like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and worms afflicting your pet. Make sure that your pet is wearing preventative medications against these critters—it’s far easier to prevent the infections and infestations that they cause rather than deal with them after they’ve taken hold.

Does your pet need preventative medications or a veterinary exam? Set up an appointment today to see your Marietta, GA veterinary professional.

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