Holidays can be stressful for humans and pets, often for the same reasons: too much food, too many activities, too little time to relax.
Especially on July 4th , there may be too much noise!
Here are a few suggestions to keep our four-legged loved ones safe.
- Any sudden diet changes, even adding novel "safe foods" can cause intestinal upset or even pancreatitis problems for pets – and people.
- BBQ, really? Also remember that chocolate, grapes, raisins and macadamia nuts are just a few of the foods that can cause serious and life-threatening illnesses to pets.
- Alcohol is a no-no; even if they are 21 in human or doggie years.
- Ensure pets have a safe place to retreat in your house. Better yet, it’s a great excuse to check on them often; you both will feel better for it!
- Be sure they are wearing a current I.D. or are microchipped, in case they escape during the fireworks. Microchips have reunited a countless number of pets with their families.
- If your pet runs away, most shelters have online lost pet reporting services. Check websites in your area and be sure to visit your county animal shelter frequently!