Tips for keeping your pets safe during the summer celebrations
Independence Day is a fun summer holiday filled with barbecuing, backyard games and fireworks. Just be sure that while you’re enjoying the day with family and friends you’re also keeping the safety of your four-legged friends in mind. Following these guidelines will help keep your furry friend out of harm’s way.
Keep your pet safely away from fireworks
Our pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells, so on the Fourth of July (and the days around it when people are likely to set off fireworks), it’s best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to hide jarring noises.
Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside. And if you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep her leashed and under your direct control at all times.
Protect your pet from heat stroke during summer festivities
Another reason to keep your pets away from the often noisy celebrations of summer is heat. High temperatures put your pet at risk of heat stroke, which can become deadly very quickly. Keep an eye on your pets and act immediately if you see any signs of heatstroke.
Never leave your pet in a parked car, even if the day doesn’t seem that warm. Even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, the temperature inside your car can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour’s time.
Safeguard your pet with a collar and I.D. tag
All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should always wear collars with ID tags. Indoor-only pets can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they may take desperate measures to escape the noise, including breaking through windows or door screens. If you have not already done so, it’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped.
For more information about microchipping and other protective services for your pet, contact our hospital directly at (858) 451-1700 to speak further with one of our staff members.
By: Yasuko Stephens, DVM