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Keep Your Pets Safe on the Fourth

Sunday, June 17, 2018  
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Celebrations on the Fourth of July cause a jump in the number of runaway pets each year during and immediately after the holiday. These frightened pets often become lost and injured. The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association recommends following the veterinarian-approved guidelines below to keep your pets safe during the festivities.

“While it’s important for us to enjoy the Fourth of July, it is also important to keep our pets safe during this national holiday. Our four-legged family members can become easily startled and frightened by the loud noises associated with fireworks and firecrackers, get into and eat the foods we enjoy, and can become overheated during this hot time of year,” says Brian Serbin, DVM of Ingleside Animal Hospital, located in Phoenix.

If your pets are prone to anxiety, talk to your veterinarian ahead of time about medications or other products that might help calm them during noisy celebrations. You can help ensure the safety of your pets by keeping them indoors during this time. Because it’s impossible to predict when loud noises will happen, always keep pets leashed with a securely fitting collar or harness if they must go outside. Leave your pets at home if you’re attending a fireworks display.

If your pets escape, it is vital that they have up-to-date identification tags and microchips. Contact the manufacturer of each of your pets’ microchips to update your information as needed. When the chip was first implanted, you should have received the chip number, and the phone number and website address of the manufacturer for updating and reporting purposes.

Another holiday danger is human food that can cause harm to pets: beer and any alcoholic beverages, chocolate, onions and garlic (alone or in prepared food), and grapes and raisins are some potentially harmful foods that your pet might have access to. Pets have only to eat a dropped grape or chocolate candy, or drink beer out of an abandoned cup, to suffer an adverse reaction.
Another way to ensure your pets’ safety is to thoroughly look over your yard and home after the festivities for any potentially dangerous items, such as fireworks debris and leftover food, and dispose of them.

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