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Posted on 06-22-2018

4th of July Survival Guide for Pet Owners

Most holidays have their hazards for pets, but the 4th of July can be especially bad because it tends to be celebrated outdoors, often with pets. Here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, we are happy to help you with any questions you might have for pet ideas for the holiday. To get you started, these are some of the hazards to look out for during the holiday.

Doggo enjoying his 4th of July.

Heat

This hazard encompasses a couple of different issues: the temperature in the area where your pet is celebrating the holiday, and the presence of things like hot grills and barbeques. Because the 4th of July is often celebrated outdoors, it is important to be conscious of the temperature for your pet. It is also important to keep them away from hot surfaces, especially if they smell like good food.

People Food

Besides the heat of the grill, there is another hazard related to Independence Day food. Many human foods are dangerous for pets, including onions, grapes, and chocolate. Fatty meats can also be a hazard in large quantities. To avoid problems, keep your pet confined away from the food or under constant supervision.

Fireworks

Many pets are terrified by fireworks, which is why Independence Day is typically not a pet holiday favorite. The loud noises and sights can scare pets into fleeing from their homes, and this can result in the winding up lost or on the roads. Be sure to secure your pets before the fireworks start, especially if you know they are scared of loud noises.

Parasites and Pests

Especially if you are celebrating at a park or other outdoor area, there may be fleas and ticks in the environment. Because you don't want your pet holiday to end with a visit to the veterinarian for parasite treatment, it is best to prepare by using an effective preventative product. Our veterinarian can advise you if you aren't sure which product to choose.

Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton is Here to Help

Whether you need guidance about the best parasite preventative or just want to make sure that you have all the information about which people foods are dangerous, Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton can help. Our veterinarian has lots of experience with pet ideas for the holiday if you have questions. Call us at 770-479-1905 today!

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