Happy July 4th! Keep your pets safe with these tips!

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4th of JulyHappy Independence Day!  Today is a great day to enjoy the festivities of fireworks, picnics and family time!  Sometimes we may forget that our pets may not enjoy some of this as much as we do.

Sure they love the cookout.  Who doesn’t? Remember though that our dogs and cats may not feel so hot if we share our food.  Foods that are high in fat and protein can make some pets sick with pancreatitis and stomach issues. Vomiting and diarrhea will only spoil the fun, so instead, here are few safer foods to offer our pals. If your pet is on a special diet for medical needs, these may not be appropriate either, so use caution if you feed prescription foods!

  • Ice cubes made from chicken broth can provide a tasty treat for pets while they are outside at the picnic.
  • Veggies are generally good, but keep away form the starchy stuff. (Potato salad is not a vegetable! :) )
  • Some fruits can really bring a nice sweet treat. Bananas, apples and strawberries are good choices.  NO GRAPES!

We humans LOVE fireworks.  Unfortunately that is usually not the case for your pets. Even hunting dogs are not fans of this.  The sounds of the explosions can hurt their sensitive ears and the spectacle we love can be overwhelming to them.  Additionally, not all dogs enjoy the social gathering of crowds as much as we think they do.  Best bet:  Leave your dogs at home!  Here are some tips for dogs (and cats) that may be afraid of the racket:

  • Put them in a quiet, darker area of the house.  Sometimes covering them up after putting them in their kennel can help.
  • Some dogs and cats may do better if you put cotton balls in their ears.  Just be sure to take them out afterwards.
  • Play the TV or radio while you are gone.  This can help mask a little of the noise.
  • Consider using an herbal calming agent such as Composure.  These types of herbals will take the edge off without sedating your pet.

Last, but not least, remember all of the troops including the service dogs who have given us the privilege of enjoying this holiday!  Happy fourth everyone!

Justin dressed up

Justin was a true party animal. Just not when the fireworks were exploding.

Dr Nancy

 

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