Pet Safety for the 4th of July | Pets
The Fourth of July is meant to be a celebration, but with all the festivities, it's important to be prepared and take safety precautions for yourself, but also for your four-legged friends.
Here are some safety tips from the doctors and staff at BluePearl Veterinary Partners.
BluePearl vets say prevention is always the best form of first aid. But if something does happen and your pet is burned or injured, here are some first aid tips you need to know:
• First, never put any types of cream, ointment, butter or margarine on your pet’s burn. These can introduce bacteria and other harmful substances into the burned area.
• If the burn is mild, cool the area as soon as possible with cool water and contact your veterinarian. Never use ice as ice increases the chance of hypothermia.
• For more severe burns, cover the wound with a clean, sterile cloth. Most importantly get the pet to your family veterinarian or nearest emergency veterinary hospital as soon as possible.
Injured animals may not behave as usual due to pain, fear, or shock.
Besides burn injuries, there is usually an uptick in emergencies relating to vomiting, diarrhea and heat exhaustion.
• Keep pets in an air conditioned environment during the heat of the day and limit strenuous activities such as running and playing. Always make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water.
• If your pet does become overheated, spray the animal down with room temperature or cool water, but never ice water. Ice cold water causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin and heat can’t escape the body, which makes heat exhaustion symptoms worse.
Besides physical injuries, pets may have an increase in anxiety and stress due to fireworks and visits by a house full of guests that may not usually be around. This is important to remember as your pets may not behave as they usually do.
• If your pets frighten easily, make sure they can’t run away, as loud noises from fireworks could frighten them. Also, if your pets are frightened due to this unusual activity, try playing a game during this time to distract them or place them in a secure area like a kennel where they can feel safe. Placing a blanket over the kennel can decrease their anxiety. If you know your pet experiences anxiety in thunderstorms and while fireworks are going off, contact your veterinarian to see about potential medicated solutions.
With the Fourth of July usually comes a feast of flavorful foods, but some things people like to eat are hamrful or deadly to pets.
Alcohol, avocado, caffeine, chives, chocolate, coffee, garlic, grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, and raisins can all have a negative effect on your pet. If your pet has ingested any of these items, contact a veterinarian as soon as possible.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,000 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.