America’s birthday is just around the corner. While many major celebrations may be scaled down or cancelled this year, due to the coronavirus, there will still likely be plenty smaller local parties and events. You’ll want to take some precautions to keep your pet safe. This can be a scary—and dangerous—time for our furry friends! A Lewisville, TX vet offers some July 4th pet safety tips below.

Food

Barbeques are a beloved Fourth of July tradition, and one that our animal companions are happy to partake in. Be careful what you offer your pet! Never give a dog or cat anything that contains garlic, onion, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; nuts; mushrooms; avocado; pitted fruit; or xylitol. Other dangerous foods include meat on the bone and raw meat, dough, or yeast.

Fireworks

Fireworks are one of the biggest concerns here. Pets really don’t understand the noise, lights, or commotion, and are often absolutely terrified of fireworks. We always recommend keeping cats indoors. However, this goes double at this time of year. As for Fido, bring him inside before the fireworks start. Put him in his crate or a comfy back room with treats, toys, and bedding, and turn a TV or radio on to mask the noise. If your furry buddy gets really scared, ask your vet about using pet-calming products.

Parasites

This is a peak season for parasites. Keep up with your furry pal’s vaccinations and parasite control products!

Heat

Heat can be a big problem for pets. Fido and Fluffy are both wearing fur coats, and they can’t sweat to cool off the way we can. Make sure your beloved pet always has plenty of cool water, as well as access to rooms cooled by fans or air conditioners. If you want to offer your four-legged pal a yummy frozen treat, get them some pet ice cream.

Guests

Guests should of course never pose a direct threat to pets. The danger here is the possibility of accidental issues, such as someone leaving a door or gate open or feeding your pet something that isn’t safe. Plus, pets get underfoot sometimes, which can also be an issue. Keep a close eye on things if you have guests over.

As your Lewisville, TX vet clinic, we are always here to help. Please feel free to contact us anytime!