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Posted on 06-21-2017
Here at our Greensboro Animal Hospital, we want to keep your pets healthy and happy throughout the year. As the 4th of July approaches, learn about common dangers that could affect your pet and how to keep your pet safe.
4th of July celebrations include a lot of elements that pose a danger to your pet. At barbecues, your pet could burn themselves on the grill or eat something hazardous. This might be a skewer, an onion slice, a piece of plastic cutlery, a citronella candle or an alcoholic beverage. Since 4th of July celebrations get rowdy, you might not be paying full attention to your pet.
Loud noise from music, fireworks, and parties can startle pets. When a pet becomes alarmed due to high levels of noise, they may be likely to run away.
Reduce the chance your pet will become lost by having them microchipped and making sure their identification tag is up to date. If your pet isn't microchipped, we can perform this quick procedure at our Greensboro animal hospital. Keep an up-to-date photo on your phone, so if your pet does run away at the celebration, you can show people current photos.
Products intended for human use, including sunscreen and insect repellant, should not be used on pets. Other items that you should keep away from your pet on July 4th are lighters, lighter fluid, matches, charcoal, insect coils, tiki torch fuel, and glow sticks. These products can cause neurological problems, stomach problems, breathing problems, and more if they are ingested.
Never leave your pet in the car on a hot day as they could become dangerously dehydrated.
If you're worried about keeping your pet safe on July 4th, leave them at home with a favorite toy while you relax and enjoy the festivities.
If you'd like to see our Greensboro Veterinarian, give us a call at (336) 292-4753. Our Greensboro Animal Hospital is here for your pet's everyday and emergency health needs.
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