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9 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe on July 4th

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9 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe on July 4th

By Janet McCulley, Animal Planet

As much as we all enjoy watching the “big lights go boom” in the sky every Fourth of July, our pets aren’t always thrilled with independence day activities.

Courtesy of our friends over at the ASPCA, here are some great products and tips to keep your pets calm and safe during the Independence day activities and prevent them from becoming one of the thousands of missing “July 4th doggies” that are traumatized every year by fireworks and other scary noises (…like Uncle Frank at the Karaoke machine, etc.).

1. Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.

2. Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

3. Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

4. Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.

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7:45AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

thanks i got this 11 days late, i'll keep it in mind for next year

3:59AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

10:03PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

My dog and I are still recovering from the loud fireworks some idiots set off a couple of blocks away. It's against the law where we live to shoot off loud, ear-spitting noises, and I was furious. My dog is 13 years old and weighs 70 lbs; I am 5' 3" and about 125 lbs. I had to sit on our recliner with him on my lap, trying to soothe him. We thought he was about to have a heart attack. Just as I was about to call the police, they drove down our street and stopped the noise. Somebody else had called them. However, the lack of booms did not allay my poor dog. He was unable to stop shaking, no matter how much I tried to calm him down. Finally, I brought him into the kitchen, and gave him a teaspoon of organic ice-cream. Much to my surprise he ate it and stopped shaking for a moment. I ended up giving him about 6 teaspoons of ice-cream, and each time he ate one his shaking would stop. After that, he calmed down, and the shaking finally ended, but he was still nervous and didn't want me to leave his side. I think that ice-cream is a kind of seditive for dogs, and thought I should pass it on. We only eat organic, so I don't think a little ice-cream is harmful for a frightened dog. The next day (today) he was okay, and ate his regular breakfast, but I noticed that he was hesitant around the house and outside as well, which isn't like him.

12:00AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012


7:03PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Thanks , I remember I love my pets

6:25PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Besides the fact that fireworks cause much suffering to animals, in anxiety and animals getting lost or trapped in hiding places; it's also a complete waste of money. It is literally burning money. Surely society can come up with a more modern way of celebrating. How about lazer lights or coloured water displays etc? Anything without the noise.

6:03PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Thank you for the article...

5:18PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012


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