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Monday, July 1, 2019

4th of July Pet Safety
Larissa Wohl and Veterinarian Dr. Courtney Campbell share tips on how to keep your pets safe from the morning to night on the 4th of July. Tips include, exercising your pet in the morning, and using sun protective clothing or vet approved sunscreen for exposure.

· Begin with exercise. This will tire out your dog and put them in a calmer state later when fireworks start.
· When possible, avoid direct sunlight from 10am to 3pm
· Protect your pet with sunscreen. Pets with light skin and a short or thin hair coat are particularly prone to sunburn, skin cancer, and other solar-induced skin diseases.
· Select a sunscreen that is fragrance free, non-staining, and contains UVA & UVB barriers.
· Watch out for overheating/heat stroke. Add the sum of the temperature and humidity. If that number is greater than 150 it is too hot for your pet to be outside.
· If your pet has a burn apply aloe vera and seek veterinary attention.

· Poor quality grill brushes with pesky wires can be dangerous to humans and pets. The small wires can fall onto the grill grates and end up in your food and then in your stomach.
· The same is true for pets but they will not ingest them inadvertently. They will purposely ingest them because they smell and taste like food. This can lead to severe gastritis, pancreatitis, and intestinal perforation.
· Your dog should avoid high fat foods like sausage, steak and shrimp. Also avoid onions, garlic, leeks, chives, and corn cob.
· If food is left out in the sun too long, do not feed it to your pet. If you wouldn’t eat it yourself, then don’t give it to your pet. It could result in your pet getting sick.

· Before the fireworks begin, take your pet for another walk and make sure they relieve themselves a few hours before the fireworks start.
· Keep the windows and curtains closed
· Identify “Safe spots”. For dogs this can be an interior closet where your scent is strong and for cats this may be a small and dark hiding space.
· Consult your veterinarian for medication. Not all dogs react the same to every medication so it’s important to find the one that is best for your pet.