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Posted on 06-21-2017
Our veterinarian in Germantown wants to keep your pet safe on the 4th of July and every day. July 4th brings some unique challenges for pets, so make sure you know the risks to keep your cat or dog safe.
The 4th of July is fun for you, but many factors make it scary for pets. You may travel somewhere else to barbecue and watch the fireworks. For your pet, this means extended travel in a hot car, time outside in an unknown place, and lots of noise from music, food, and festivities.
Even if your dog isn't scared of the noise, they could eat something bad for them. Whether it's a slice of onion intended for burgers or a bamboo skewer, your pet could become sick or injured and require expensive medical care.
Fireworks can startle pets, and may even cause them to run away.
Most hazards can be avoided by leaving your pet at home during the festivities. Provide them with fresh water and a favorite toy and they'll be safe. If you're hosting a party, keep your pets locked in one room so a guest does not accidentally let out your pets.
If you bring your pet to the party, make sure they have an identification tag with up-to-date information and a snug harness or collar. It can help to keep a current photo of your pet on your phone, just in case they run away.
Bring pet food and water, plus treats so guests can feed your pet their food, not human food. Set up your pet in a shady spot and tell others not to feed it. As long as your pet cannot reach the grill, charcoal, food, fireworks, or other party supplies, he cannot ingest anything dangerous. Never leave your pet in a hot car.
Is there anything we can help you with? Reserve an appointment with our Germantown veterinarian by calling our Germantown Animal Hospital at 901-754-5007. We look forward to meeting with you!
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