Five Tips for the 4th: Pet Safety Tips

Barbeques, fireworks, and fun—the 4th of July is a great holiday, but it can bring some hazards for your pet. Here are some tips for keeping your animal friend safe while you celebrate:

  1. Fireworks are cool, but the racket from them and seasonal thunderstorms is terrifying for many animals. Keep your pets at home and inside with calm music or white noise on. If your pet has an extreme reaction to the noise such as heavy panting, drooling, shaking, hiding, or trying to escape, your Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs veterinarian may be able to help with medication or herbal remedies.
  2. Gonna be grilling? Cooked meat bones often splinter and become hazardous if swallowed. Nix the corn cobs, too—they can cause intestinal blockage.
  3. Don’t let your dog drink water from the ocean, lake or rivers. Seawater brings on vomiting and dehydration, and lake and river water can contain dangerous bacteria and harmful algae blooms.
  4. No alcohol for pets! Booze can dangerously intoxicate your pet and result in coma or in severe cases, respiratory failure. Yes, this includes beer—fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to both dogs and cats.
  5. Heat kills. Leave your pets at home on hot days and NEVER keep them in a vehicle unattended or in the back of an open pick-up bed. Even with the windows cracked, your car can become a deadly oven in minutes, and truck beds heat up to frying pans on tender paws. If your pet is outdoors, make sure there’s plenty of fresh water and shade.

If you think your pet might need medication to deal with fireworks or have any other questions about pet safety during the summer, NOW is the time to give us a call: (470) 419-8259.