As we gear up for the exciting Fourth of July holiday, we want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to protect your pet. It’s no secret that loud noises can cause your pet to feel additional stress. Please be sure to let us know if your pet could use a supplement or medication to help them deal with their anxiety or stress.
If you do experience an emergency situation, you can find a full list of emergency veterinary hospitals at the bottom of our contact page. These resources are here to protect you in case the worst case scenario happens.
Keep these tips in mind to enjoy a safe Independence Day with your pets:
- Is your pet microchipped? Perfect! Also, make sure the information is up-to-date. Each year, over ten million animals get lost, and proper microchipping helps them find their way home. If friends and family will be coming and going from your home or yard, ensure they know to keep doors and gates securely closed so your pet can’t sneak through. And, if you have designated a safe room for your pet, ensure it’s secure so she can’t escape. Sometimes, determined pets are able to escape despite our best efforts.
- No table scraps, please! Everyone is over and eating amazing food, and it’s hard to monitor all of the scraps that can hit the floor. however, it’s imperative that you protect your pet. Think the barbecued chicken, corn on the cob, and chocolate brownie might give you a tummy ache? These foods can do a lot worse for your pet. Chicken bones can splinter and cause a perforation in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract, and a corn cob could become lodged there, leading to a blockage that would require surgery to repair. Sweets often contain ingredients toxic to pets, like chocolate and xylitol.
- Create a safe space for your pet to relax during the holiday madness! Prepare a safe and secure place for your pet to go during the fireworks. It should be an interior room in your home, and you should close all doors, windows, and window treatments. Play calming music in the room, and plug in a pheromone diffuser (Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats). Put your pet’s favorite toys and bedding in the room, and use a long-lasting treat, like a Kong toy with frozen peanut butter inside, as a distraction.
The entire team at Oxford Veterinary Hospital wishes you a very happy and safe holiday! We’re here if you need anything at all.