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Fireworks Can Be Scary! Help Your Dog Feel Secure This Independence Day

Fireworks Can Be Scary!

Help Your Dog Feel Secure This Independence Day
Fireworks Can Be Scary! Help Your Dog Feel Secure This Independence Day
Spread the word! More dogs and cats are lost between
July 4-6 than at any other time during the year because they are terrified of the fireworks and try to run from them.
If you will be away from your home for festivities, here are some ways you can help your dog feel more secure this Independence Day:
  • Place your dog in an escape proof room in your home
  • Leave your dog fresh water - dogs under stress will pant, drool and become very thirsty
  • Provide chew toys
  • Leave the television or music on to help mask any noise
  • Have a friend or neighbor check on your dog if they are prone to anxiety and running from home

With these helpful tips, hopefully, we can keep as many fur children as possible safe this 4th of July. 
Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy Holiday!
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Foods Your Dog Needs to Avoid this 4th of July

As we celebrate our nation's independence this July 4th with parades, picnics, and barbecues, the foods we might love and enjoy can be very toxic to our dogs.   

Mouth-watering aromas emanating from barbecued foods create an instinctual attraction for curious canine noses.   Sometimes the smells can be overwhelming and temptation can overtake even the most well-trained of fur kids. Some of the most typical disasters to occur during the holidays are related to foods. Plan your backyard (or indoor) holiday party while keeping in mind that dogs will scarf down as much as food as they can before they are caught!  Here are some of the most hazardous foods to keep out of reach:

ANY BONES

Throwing leftover bones to the dog may seem natural. Dogs love bones, however, bones can be very dangerous for pets. They might choke on them, or suffer a grave injury should the bone splinter and become lodged in, or even puncture the digestive tract. Have a pet-proof covered container ready for throwing bones into. 

HOT DOGS

Hot dogs can actually be a great treat for pets, but only if they are cut up into bite size pieces and carefully fed one at a time to the pet. Dogs especially can get very excited and swallow a hot dog whole, without chewing. Also to keep in mind, hot dogs are a high fat, high calorie food. Ration them wisely to your pets and make your guests know to not share their "dogs" with the dogs. 

HAMBURGER AND STEAK

Another food that is not "toxic," per se, fatty meats like hamburgers and steaks can result in severe pancreatitis, (inflammation of the pancreas), which can result in vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even organ failure.

CORN ON THE COB

Corn on the cob is not directly poisonous, all by itself, but based on its shape and size it can easily form a painful and dangerous blockage within your dog’s intestines, requiring an expensive intestinal surgery to remove it.

CHIPS AND DIP

One of the more popular summer dips, guacamole, is also one of the most dangerous for pets. The three main ingredients are all dangerous in their own right: avocado, garlic and onion. Onions and garlic can cause gastrointestinal issues, elevated heart rate, and red blood cell damage. Avocado toxicity, meanwhile, can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of stool production.

FRUIT SALAD

Fruit salad is yummy, yummy as they say and most fruit is actually good for your dog.  Frozen watermelon can be a wonderful treat for your dog on a super hot day. But there is one fruit that is common to nearly all fruit salads: grapes. Although the reason for grapes’ (and raisins) toxic effects on dogs is little understood, these fruits are well known for causing kidney failure. In dogs who already have certain health problems, signs of grape poisoning may be more dramatic.

DESSERTS

No BBQ or picnic is complete without dessert.  Cookies, brownies, ice cream.....  And what is the most popular flavor? Chocolate, of course. Unfortunately, chocolate is also highly toxic to dogs.  Theobromine, the compound in chocolate that has the toxic effect, is most concentrated in dark chocolate and baking chocolate, the kind found in brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate poisoning can cause heart arrhythmias, muscle temors and seizures.  Make sure that all of your guests know not to share their sweets, no matter how big those pleading puppy eyes get.

Should your fur kid accidentally ingest any of the above mentioned foods, you may want to place a call to your on-call animal emergency hospital for further recommendations.  Digestive tract clinical signs include vomit, diarrhea, deceased appetite, lethargy, as well as other symptoms. Pets that are fed or binge on barbecue foods may suffer from pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), liver or kidney damage, electrolyte imbalances, anemia, and other ailments.

Hopefully, with some advanced planning and preparation and clear communication with your BBQ or picnic guests, you and your families can enjoy your celebration this 4th of July! 

Happy Independence Day!

Tabitha, Beau and Jax

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Keep Your Pet Safe This Indepence Day!

Is your dog frightened by fireworks and all of the noise of the festivities? It's a fact that more pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year. According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30-60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4th and 6th. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters. These statistics also suggest that only 14% of lost pets are returned to their owners; and worse, 30-60% of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owners.

Here are some great suggestions to help keep your dog safe and sound this July 4th:

Weeks before the celebrations begin, make sure you have a current photo of your pet.  In the event you should need to post pictures of your pet, this will enable you to have a current photo for your posters and to give to necessary authorities.

If your dog does not have a microchip, consider making an appointment with your veterinarian for this procedure.  A microchip’s sole function is to store a unique ID number that is used to retrieve a pet parent’s contact information. If your dog were to escape your home or yard because they are frightened by fireworks and were turned in to a local shelter, the shelter could use a microchip scanner to read the microchip’s unique ID code. The microchip registry is called, and the registry company uses the ID number to retrieve the pet parent’s contact information from the pet recovery database. Most animal shelters and veterinary hospitals in the U.S. have global scanners that read pet microchips from most manufacturers.

Exercise your dog earlier in the day before the festivities and fireworks begin. When the parties and fireworks begin, your dog will more likely be in a state of relaxation than that of anxiety because they have been physically exhausted by their walking regimen and will be more ready for rest. 

Leave your pet at home rather than take him to your neighbor's barbeque. Crowds and additional activity can create more anxiety in your pet;  he will be much happier in his own home. If your dog is sensitive to loud noises such as fireworks, keep him inside the house rather than in your yard so he will not be tempted to jump a fence when startled by the fireworks. 

Keep your dog in his favorite spot of the house. Let your dog relax in his favorite spot of your house. Put on his favorite television show, (Animal Planet, perhaps?), or some soothing music that will calm him and hopefully drown out some of the noise of the festivities. If your dog is crate trained, consider placing him in his crate, his "safe place", which can be covered with a blanket to help him feel more cozy and secure.   

Act normal! Your dog takes visual cues from your actions, just go about your normal routine and play with him, speaking as you normally would.    

The infograph below has some other ideas to help keep your dog safe on Independence Day.       

 

*Infograph compliments of Petfinder

Wishing you lots of fun and happiness in your 4th of July celebration planning! Your dog will be glad you gave extra thought to him or her this year. 

 

Tabitha, Beau and Jax

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