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Safety First on July Fourth

The Fourth of July is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start preparing for the big celebration—and that includes planning ahead for your pets’ comfort and safety. Since we are all about helping our canine and feline companions in any way possible at Creekside Pet Care Center, we have prepared some information to share with you as you get ready for the Fourth of July festivities.

 

Pet Safety Tips for Independence Day

While you celebrate Independence Day with barbecues, fireworks and fun in the hot July sun, remember your pets are much safer—and happier—when they are in a cool, quiet home during all the commotion. This being the case, make sure you keep your pets away from the following items during your patriotic celebrations:

  • Food scraps – Absolutely no chips, dips, hamburgers, hot dogs or any other type of human food.
  • Alcohol – Not even a sip of beer, wine or any other type of alcoholic drink.
  • Glow sticks – That includes glow sticks, bracelets, headbands and other glowing items
  • Lighter fluid and matches – This is a dangerous combination to be kept away from all pets and children—and daredevils, for that matter.
  • Insect repellent and bug spray – Stick to the veterinarian-prescribed pest repellents when it comes to your pets; the human variety is not meant for pets and can be harmful if applied topically or ingested.

 If fireworks will be lighting up the night sky in your neighborhood, take these five precautions to keep your pet comfortable and safe:

  1. Cover your windows (i.e., close the blinds, draw the curtains, close the shutters).
  2. Turn on the TV or play relaxing music—there are plenty of pet playlists out there!
  3. Spend time soothing your pets if they seem anxious.
  4. Put a blanket over your pet’s crate to create a safe place.
  5. Make sure your pet is microchipped in case he or she gets loose.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health and wellness, Creekside Pet Care Center is always here to help. Just give us a call or come on in to our facility if you encounter a pet emergency.