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Furries and Fireworks- Fourth of July Pet Safety

June 28, 2014 | By More


Fourth of July Pet Safety is at an all time high.  Although many dogs are unphased by fireworks, so many of them are shaking in their doggy boots.  And, July 5 is the busiest day in animal shelters across the country.  So many lost pets on July 4 and dumped at shelters the very next day.

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Here are five tips to help pet parents keep their furry family members safe this holiday.

1. Keep Pets Inside- While you are enjoying the holiday festivities, make sure your dog or cat is indoors, and safe.  This holiday is definitely not the day to have your pets roaming off leash in your yard or neighborhood. Or worse yet, tethered outside. To keep them busy, give them their favorite long lasting treat or toy and have fresh water.

2. Fireworks Frenzy- Some dogs are anxious and nervous at the sound of fireworks. While many pets will burrow in their bed, others will bolt out of an open front door. A few products on the market can help ease your pet’s fear such as The Rein Coat, a calming jacket for your pet, and Rescue Remedy, an all natural calming solution.

Be safe, if your dog or cat is a runner, create a quiet room in your home with all of his favorites and keep the door closed.

3. Pet I.D.’s, a Must Have- In the event your dog or cat does leave your home, increase their chances of a safe return with their pet i.d. attached to their collar. Make sure contact information is up to date. If you want to take an extra precaution invest in a pet GPS tracking system so you can monitor your pet’s whereabouts on your smart phone.

4. Avoid Fatty Foods and Decorations- Although we love roasted meats, creamy salads and chocolate filled desserts, your pet’s stomach may not thank you. As we all know,

some foods are toxic to our pets and overly rich foods can be the cause of pancreatitis.

The same can be true of holiday decor. If consumed, intestinal disturbance or blockage is a possibility. Avoid the vet this holiday by keeping your pet on their paw lickin’ good kibble and decorations out of reach.

5. Emergency Numbers- Have your vet, the local emergency vet and animal poison control’s number at the ready. Best place would be to program them in your cell phone. In case there is a pet emergency, you know who to call and where the numbers are located. The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center hotline number is 1-888-4ANI-HELP or 1-888-426-4435 ($65.00 per case). The charge is billed to caller’s credit card.

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Jenn Fadal is a national Pet Wellness & Lifestyle Expert. In addition to being the founder of her own holistic pet boutique, Wag, this Tampa native can be seen frequently on Media General’s Daytime Television across the country, as well as on FOX, NBC and ABC. She is also a writer and subject matter expert for various publications.

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