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Keeping Your Pet Safe on the Fourth of July
July 1, 2017

Are you planning on including your pet in the Fourth of July festivities this year? Keep in mind that this holiday is one of the most hazardous of the year for our four-legged companions! Fortunately, it’s easy to keep your pet safe from harm. Learn more here from a Portland, OR veterinarian.


Even if your pet is well-trained and obedient, don’t risk bringing them along to the local fireworks display. Pets don’t take kindly to the ear-splitting cracks and dazzling flashes of professional fireworks—in fact, more pets run away out of fear on the Fourth of July than on any other single day of the year! Leave your companion safely secured at home.

If you plan on lighting off firecrackers, sparklers, and other “personal” pyrotechnics to celebrate the holiday, make sure your pet isn’t nearby. For one, such items can burn a pet who accidentally gets too close. Plus, small fireworks can startle frightened pets into running off.

Hot Weather

July Fourth and hot, humid weather go hand-in-hand. Make sure your pet stays safe when the temperatures rise! Allow them indoors frequently to enjoy the air-conditioned comfort, and provide a large bowl of cool, fresh water for them to drink from at all times. These simple measures will stave off dangerous heat exhaustion and dehydration. Also be sure to have your pet wear the appropriate preventive medications to ward off fleas, ticks, and worms; summer is prime-time for pest infestations!

Picnic and Party Foods

All sorts of common picnic and party foods—garlic, onions, salty items like potato chips and pretzels, caffeinated foods and beverages, grapes and raisins, chocolate, candy, avocado, and much more—aren’t safe for pets. Don’t let your animal companion get within reach of your goodie table. Instead, offer them their regular diet this holiday to make sure they stay well-fed and happy.

Alcoholic Beverages

Will your Independence Day celebrations include alcoholic beverages? All types of alcoholic drinks—beer, cocktails, wine, and champagne included—can prove very dangerous for pets. It turns out that alcohol affects pets just like it affects us! The difference is that pets will experience poisoning after ingesting only small amounts. Keep a close eye on all drinks this holiday to make sure your pet doesn’t sneak a snip.

From all of us here at your Portland, OR animal hospital: Happy Fourth of July! Call us for more holiday safety tips.

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