4th of July Pet Safety Tips

Many of us will be celebrating Independence Day with backyard barbecues, drinks, and fireworks. While this can make for a fun holiday for neighbors, friends, and family, it can be bad news for your pet. While it may seem like a great idea to reward your pets with scraps from the grill and bring them along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets.

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can find them. Alcohol poisoning can lead to weakness, severe depression, and even coma.
  • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for animals. If placed on a part of the body that can be licked you could see drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Misuse of insecticides with high concentrations of DEET can lead to neurological problems.
  • depression, and even coma.

  • Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give them severe indigestion and diarrhea, even pancreatitis. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes and raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
  • depression, and even coma.

  • Don’t put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with them. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation can occur. Also intestinal blockage could occur from the soft plastic glow sticks. And speaking of intestinal blockage, one of the most common summer time foreign body ingestions are buttery corncobs pulled from the garbage by pets.
  • depression, and even coma.

  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and even central nervous system depression.
  • depression, and even coma.

  • Never use fireworks around pets!! It’s not just the burns and trauma to the face and paws, but unburned or dud fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic, and other heavy metals.

Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to firework festivities. Instead keep your pets safe from the noise in an interior escape-proof room and play some music to help cover the explosions.

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