For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. Veterinarian Dr. Melissa Webster, of Tampa Veterinary Hospital, is here to share tips to make your holiday a safe one.
1. My dog hates fireworks. What can I do?
• Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations.
• Fireworks can be very terrifying for pets
• Loud boom/flash of lights/burning smell
2. What are a few things we can do as pet owners to keep our pets safe if we are socializing at a party this holiday?
• Grill With Caution
• Risk of getting burned
• Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them
• Potential to poison pets
• If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma
3. Glow jewelry is popular to wear during 4th of July events. Dogs and especially cats seem fascinated with the bright neon colors. Does this pose any harm to them?
• Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it
• Excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could result from ingestions
• Intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
4. Any other tips to pet safety proofing our backyard bbq?
• Keep Your Dog Hydrated to Help Prevent Heat Exhaustion
• If you are going to the beach you need to be careful that your animal doesn't overheat
• Dogs decrease their body heat by panting; lose a lot of body water
• Staying hydrated will help keep your dog's body temperature down while decreasing the chances of kidney failure