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Tips for Safely Celebrating the 4th of July with your Pets

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With July 4th just around the corner, it’s a good time to think about what the celebrations can mean to your pets. So let’s plan ahead so we can be certain we are keeping our pets safe and comfortable.

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Before we even get into the noise issues, let’s think about some of the other festivities associated with the 4th of July celebrations. Remember to keep alcoholic drinks out of the reach of your pets and children. Ingestion can be very toxic to pets.

Additionally, keep matches, lighter fluid, citronella candles, insect coils and the like out of reach of your pets.

If you’re picnicking outside with your pet, ONLY use pet labeled products for sunscreen and/or insect repellant. In particular, misusing products containing DEET on your pet can cause neurological problems.

Try to keep your pets on their normal diets, especially older animals who have a more delicate digestive system and nutritional requirements. And a reminder that certain foods, such as onions, coffee, chocolate, avocados, grapes and raisins can be potentially toxic to our pets.

Now let’s turn our attention to noise phobias. Is your pet startled by sudden, loud unexpected sounds? These noises may be from thunderstorms, fireworks, large trucks, guns or smoke detectors. Does your pet pant heavily, salivate, their heart rate can jump, whine, pace or hide? Noise phobias can develop as puppies or as the pet gets older. Pets over the age of 10 may have a sensitivity from partial hearing loss which cause the noises to sound differently and they can have trouble coping with that. And if the pet is under chronic stress, such as a medical condition like arthritis, it may affect their coping as well. Never scold your pet when they are scared as this may just reinforce those fearful behaviors.

We can prepare our pets for a known upcoming noise … the 4th of July. Keep your pet inside in an interior room for more insulation. You may even want to put their favorite bedding in a bathroom or a closet. Close the blinds so they can’t see the flashes of light from the fireworks. Turning on white noise, such as a fan, and playing music can be soothing to your pet. Of note, there are reports of many lost cats after fireworks so make sure to bring your outdoor cat in as well.

The Thundershirt has helped many dogs and cats cope with their fear and anxiety. It is designed with gentle, constant pressure that has a dramatic calming effect, similar to swaddling an infant. It is recommended by vets and trainers worldwide. Experts believe that the pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and may release calming hormones like endorphins. If you would like to try one for your pet, place your order now to receive before the fireworks start!

Finally, if your pet has an extreme noise phobia, please bring that to the attention of your veterinarian.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational only. It does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog or cat.

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