Barbecues, backyard parties, parades, concerts and fireworks displays are all a lot of fun for us, but may be frightening, or even dangerous, for our four-legged friends
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 29, 2011
Independence Day – the summer holiday – is nearly here and with it comes many barbecues, parades and of course, fireworks displays. Fireworks and cookouts are traditions woven into the fabric of Fourth of July celebrations across the country. However, it is important for pet parents to be aware of the risks that can arise during these popular festivities.
“Barbecues, backyard parties, parades, concerts and fireworks displays are all a lot of fun for us, but may be frightening, or even dangerous, for our four-legged friends,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of Veterinary Services at Petplan. “As with any holiday, the increased activity and excitement can lead to potentially risky situations for our pets. For this reason, I would recommend careful consideration before deciding to include Fido in your July 4th party plans.”
Petplan, America’s top rated pet insurance company, offers the following tips to help pet owners keep their pets safe during Fourth of July celebrations:
- Party planning: If planning to have friends and family over for an Independence Day barbecue, consider setting up a room with water, food, toys and a comfy pet bed, where a pet can stay, safe and sound. With people coming and going, it’s all-too-easy for a backyard gate to be left ajar, and a pet to go missing.
- Secure the barbecue: The smell of roasting hot dogs and burgers will lure even the best trained pets, so be vigilant in protecting a pet from flame and heat. Many common human foods like onions and garlic also result in serious gastrointestinal issues for dogs.
- Parading around: If Independence Day plans include attending a parade, consider leaving the pet at home, especially if the pet is sensitive to loud noises. If you decide to bring the dog along, keep a firm grip on their leash at all times to help ensure they don't get lost in the crowd.
- Bada-boom: Dogs who are frightened by loud noises are apt to bolt quickly to try to find safety. So if there is a fireworks show, it’s best to leave the dog at home. If the dog must go, keep a firm grip on their leash at all times. Also, make sure the pet has a microchip. The tiny chip, implanted easily in the back of a dog’s neck, will make a reunion much easier should they make a great escape from an Independence Day celebration.
- Pick it up: If fireworks displays will take place at home, be sure to pick up all spent fireworks and used matches when finished. Both contain chemicals that can be harmful if ingested by a pet. Many fireworks contain nitrates and chlorates that can cause significant gastrointestinal issues if swallowed, even if it is just debris from a fireworks display.
For more information about pet safety during the Fourth of July, please visit http://www.gopetplan.com.
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