The Fourth of July is one of the best parts of the summer, but while the fireworks and celebrations are exciting and fun for us pet parents, they can be quite scary and stressful for our pets. To avoid a trip to see us this July 4th, let’s talk about the best ways to prepare your pets for the holiday so that everyone can enjoy the celebrations and festivities.
Fear and Anxiety
Many terrified pets run from their homes when they hear fireworks in hope of finding safety, but they can end up with serious injuries. Pets with severe anxiety of loud noises can also cause harm to themselves.
The safest place for your dog is at home. Make sure your dog has a safe and comfortable place to be in when the fireworks start. If you are having a party, make certain your guests are aware of your pet and that gates are locked and doors are closed, so that your dog cannot escape.
For dogs that exhibit severe forms of anxiety, speak with your veterinarian about safe yet effective prescription medications to help control anxiety and stress. Please remember, it is important to never administer any medication without consulting with your veterinarian to make sure it is safe for your dog.
Vomiting and Diarrhea
Holiday parties can lead to vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, caused by eating “people” foods. When hosting parties, please tell your guests to not feed your pet any people food. When pets eat foods higher in fat and salt than they are accustomed to, they can become very sick.
July 4th and Lost Pets
As discussed, pets can become scared due to the loud sounds of the fireworks and may run out of the home. It is always recommended to have your dogs and cats microchipped for identification. The microchip is easily placed in their back and is registered using your home address, cell phone, or any other relevant contact information. Any veterinarian can simply scan your pet for a microchip to obtain your contact information.
Mason Dixon Animal Emergency Hospital wishes you a very Happy 4th of July! We hope you celebrate and enjoy with friends and family, and keep your pets safe as well. If pet emergencies do happen on the 4th, or anytime, contact us to bring your pet in for an after-hours appointment or just give us a call at 717-432-6030. We are open holidays and will be here for you and your pets!