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The Fourth of July means fun and festivities abound! Independence Day is often celebrated with an abundance of barbeque, fireworks, and a host of friends and family. This US holiday is no celebration for dogs though; the sound of fireworks causes many dogs to panic and run, resulting in many lost dogs every year.
Here are some Fourth of July pet safety tips to keep your dog or cat safe and sound among all the festivities:
This is the safest way to help your pet avoid the stresses of the festivities. Keep the blinds closed, and put on a radio. This is comforting and distracting from the ruckus that may be going on outside.
Sunscreen or bug spray that isn’t labeled specifically for pet use may irritate your pet’s skin. Ingestion of it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Inhalation of citronella can cause severe respiratory problems for your pet. It can even result in pneumonia.
Glow sticks and glow jewelry: keep it away from your pet! Your pet could swallow the plastic, causing intestinal problems.
Keep that red solo cup out of your pet’s reach and do not leave alcohol unattended: alcoholic beverages may be a part of your good time, but they can be fatal for our pets.
Going to a fireworks display? Leave your pet at home! As mentioned, the excitement is a little too much for your cat or dog. This anxiety is only increased when large crowds, music, new smells, and fireworks abound.
Keep lighters, lighter fluid, and matches out of your pet’s reach. These contain harmful chemical substances that can cause your pet difficulty breathing, skin irritation, gastro-intestinal upset, respiratory problems, and even kidney disease.
While using the tips above should prevent your pet from running away or fleeing in fright, getting your pet micro-chipped is a safe bet just in case something happens. Your pet will be safer, and more readily found.
Looking for more ways to keep your pup happy and healthy? Consider investing in a dog insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance.1 Dog insurance policies can help pet parents provide the coverage and care their furry family member deserve. Get your free quote today.
Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.
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