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Tips for keeping your pets cool

Tips for keeping your pets cool”

For the complete list of ways to protect your pet this holiday, visit the website at PetMD.com and check out their Top Ten Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips.

Keep your pets indoors.

Resist the urge to take your pet to all your Fourth of July festivities. Some were quickly reunited with their owners because the pets were licensed and microchipped.

Leaving pets outside unsheltered is also unsafe due to the extreme heat experienced during the day. Normally, the cost is $20.

Along with age restrictions, there are also some regulations on where fireworks can be lit, noted Peterson, as debris could cause fire or other injury to property or people. "Dogs and cats get scared and escape - even animals that wouldn't typically leave their yard".

If you know that your pet is noise-phobic please have a discussion with your veterinarian about the use of anti-anxiety medications, sedatives and non-pharmacologic strategies to manage noise-phobias now, not on Saturday afternoon; and have a safe, quiet, escape-proof place to keep your pet.

Do not leave your pet in the vehicle.

With only hot air to breathe inside a auto, your pet can suffer serious health effects-even death-in a few short minutes.

Finally, if you plan to bring your pet to the party, be cautious of the dangers of mosquitos, fleas, and ticks.

Do not spray pets with insect repellent or sunscreen that is intended for humans. Numerous pets who have been lost during fireworks were left in some form of fenced yard. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate and other heavy metals. Your pets need their regular food at the regular time with lots of water.

Keep pets away from flames, matches and lighter fluid.

For so many of us, traditional fireworks displays are the highlight of our Independence Day, but the excitement of the Fourth of July can take a toll on our pets.

"Feeding your pet high-fat people food, such as hamburgers and hot dogs, will cause gastrointestinal upset and possibly even acute pancreatitis", he said. If your pet isn't supposed to go out, make sure you and your guests don't leave doors open during the fireworks. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.



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