It’s that time of year again! The 4th of July holiday is one of the most important times of year to take precautions with your pet.
The following are a few helpful tips to not only keep your pet safe, but also happy and comfortable this holiday weekend:
BE AWARE OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS. From celebrating at your house to going to a friend’s place or a local park, you always want to be sure that your pet(s) are comfortable.
You know your pet(s) best. Don’t put them in situations they may typically find overwhelming.
- If they don’t like large groups of people, let them stay home in the air conditioning while you and your family head over to the BBQ.
- If they have noise phobias, make sure they have a safe place of their own in the house while you set off fireworks outdoors and, of course, don’t take them to the local fireworks display.
Always be mindful of the front and patio doors. Oftentimes, our pets will join the increase in traffic in and out of the door on summer holiday weekends — and they may just take themselves for a walk long before we even know about it.
MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A COLLAR WITH ID TAG ON AT ALL TIMES. A microchip may eventually get your pet(s) home, but a collar with ID tag and phone number increases their chance of getting home before going to a local animal shelter.
A collar and ID tag is the best line of defense in case the weekend activity sends your pet on an unexpected adventure.
MANAGE THEIR DIET. During the excitement of the holiday, it’s easy to share what is on the grill with your pet(s), but remember that just like people, moderation is key.
The best rule of thumb is to not feed your pet people food; however, if you feel compelled only provide them a taste by giving a very small portion. Also, follow these helpful tips on what NOT to feed your pet, even in small portions:
MIND THE HEAT. A great rule of thumb is that if you’re taking precautions with yourself and your family regarding the weather, you’ll want to do the same with your pet(s). The following tips are always helpful:
- Ensure they always have access to fresh, cold water.
- Limit outdoor playtime to the necessary walks your pets need.
- Ensure that while outdoors your pets have access to shade or other cooling options, such as play pools filled with cold water.
- Remember that the pavement will be hot — try not to linger unnecessarily on the asphalt.
- Know the signs of heat stroke and provide immediate relief if your pet(s) exhibit any of the following by soaking them in cool water and/or taking them to your or an emergency vet:
+ excessive panting + salivation
+ vomiting + anxious or staring expression
+ fast pulse rate and high body temperature
Follow these helpful tips and your in for a great weekend with your pet. Have a great July 4th!