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The summer season is filled with outdoor fun, pools, barbeques and fireworks. While these activities are fun for the family and friends, it is important to think about your pet’s safety and comfort. Here are some tips for how to help keep your pet safe and comfortable during summer parties and holidays.
Keep your pet indoors!
During barbeques, pool parties, and Fourth of July parties there is a lot of noise and commotion that can cause your pet a lot of stress. Fireworks, in particular, cause many pets severe amounts of stress and are the leading cause behind lost pets during the summer months. While it is fun to have your pet join you during these fun events, it is better to keep them safe and protected inside your home. The commotion of fireworks and chaotic environment of a party can cause your pet to panic and run away. So keep them safe and sound in a familiar room where they can stay calm during these louder months.
Have proper identification for your pet!
To further protect your pet during the hot summer months it is important to make sure your pet has the proper identification tags. These tags are attached to their collar and allow people to contact you if they find your pet.
You should also consider microchipping your pet. A microchip is a small implant that goes in between the shoulder blades of your pet. Each microchip has its own unique number or number and letter combination that is specific to your pet. These numbers are then linked to your contact information in a database. Veterinary offices and shelters all have microchip reading devices so that they can check to see if a lost pet has an owner. A microchip can really make the difference between finding your lost pet or not.
Protect your pet from fleas, ticks and mosquitos!
Do not use human bug spray on your pet without first checking if it is safe. Various ingredients in human bug spray, such as DEET, can cause serious medical reactions and neurological issues in some cases. The best option for deterring insects from pestering your pet is to talk with your veterinarian about flea & tick preventatives and heartworm prevention, which are specifically designed to be safe for your pet.
Citronella is harmful to pets. Oils, candles, insect coils and any other citronella-based repellants are irritating toxins for pets. Inhalation or oral contact can cause severe respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and ingestion can harm your pet’s nervous system.
NO alcohol for your pets!
Alcohol is not for pets. Feel free to enjoy your summer parties but let your pet stick to drinking water. Allowing your pet to drink alcohol can cause serious problems and if they become intoxicated they can go into a coma or even die of respiratory failure. Fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to dogs and cats and they do not understand the concept of being intoxicated so keep them away from the alcohol.
Keep an eye on the food!
Pets are known for sneaking around in order to steal snacks from our plates and counters so it is really important to be extra careful when it comes to your food at barbeques and around the grill. If you are not paying attention your pet could try to steal meat of the grill, which could result in serious burns, eye trauma and skin irritations. If you are cooking food with bones in it, you need to be wary of the choking hazard they pose for your pet, especially small chicken and fish bones. Even rib bones pose a choking risk for your pet.
If you think your pet has gotten a hold of any meat with bones in it, potentially harmful food, or food coverings such as tin foil or cling wrap please call your veterinarian immediately and discuss whether you need to bring your pet in for a visit.