Everyone likes celebrating the Fourth of July, we have
cookouts and go to watch fireworks. Although we have be having a great time our
pets may not be. There are several dangers that pets face on Fourth of July,
which we sometime do not realize.
First let think about
Many dogs and cats are scared of loud noise be it thunder
during a storm, or loud bang from a truck, to fireworks exploding lighting up
our night skies. One of their first instincts is to run away from the noise.
Also loud noise from fireworks can cause hearing loss. Hearing can be damaged
at 85 decibels, fireworks can reach levels of 140 decibels.
Here are some tips on how to help your pets deal with their
Leave Pets inside your home
Play a game to distract them
Try training with treats or reward system
Make a Safe Room in your house- put their bedding, toys, and
something with your smell on it in one room in house that they can be put into,
or boarding them at a kennel
Try leaving tv or radio on low level to help mitigate noise
Second thing to think
about is Ingestion of harmful food/drinks or objects
We all love a good cookout, but some of the foods we eat are
not good for our pets. Some seasoning can also pose a health risk. Here are
some foods to be careful with around pets. Onions, Grapes onions/onion
powder used to season food can destroy red blood cells
in your dog or cat which can lead to anemia. Grapes and raisins contain a toxin
that can cause kidney damage in both dogs and cats if ingested. Garlic is even
more dangerous than an onion – it can cause a condition called hemolytic anemia
(busting or their red blood cells), also cause gastroenteritis. Bones –
chicken, pork, beef can harm pets too. Some bones can splinter cause injury to
intestines, while others have fat that can cause stomach upset. Deserts are
yummy for us, not for pets- Chocolate, candy both can contain Xylitol. I
scream, you scream we all want Ice Cream is a popular saying, but did you know
cats are lactose intolerant. So that ice cream may taste great to you, but may
cause diarrhea and stomach problems for your kitty. Please make sure if you
plan on serving Alcohol to keep it out of reach of pets. . The alcohol in
drinks can cause seizures, difficulty breathing, vomiting.
make our homes look festive, but can be dangerous for our furry family
members. Balloons and their strings can
cause choking, and blockages. A lot of glow sticks are labeled
non-toxic, but can cause pets to drool a lot and become agitated because of the
bitter taste of chemicals used to make them. Streamers can also cause
blockages, may need to be surgically removed. Some stores sell the kid friendly
fireworks (Poppers), but even those can cause harm to pets.
Many of the
ingredients used to make fireworks are toxic when ingested by pets. Here are
some of the substances used to make up those pretty lights in the sky. 1.
Arsenic, 2.Potassium Nitrate, 3.Barium, 4.Lead, 5.Copper, 6.Aluminum,
7.Strontium. Common symptoms that may
arise after consumption are Vomiting, bloody diarrhea, shallow breathing,
seizures, jaundice, acute kidney failure, and changed to their bone marrow.
Even days to months, even years after fireworks have been displayed they can
still be found by pets. So when on walks keep a close eye on them to lower the
risk of exposure. If you think your pet may have ingested fireworks, please
contact your vet or Animal Poison Control – 1-800-213-6680.
hope you have a Happy Fourth of July