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Posted on 06-27-2014

A Safer, Calmer Pet This Fourth of July

Holiday Tips from Our Emergency Animal Hospital

4th of july pet safetyEveryone loves the noise and chaos of holidays -- except pets. The Fourth of July holiday is one of the most difficult times of the year for many animals. The various loud pops, crackles and bangs of Independence Day can terrify some animals, while the increase in drunk driving can increase the likelihood of a tragic accident. Here are some tips for keeping your pet safe and calm on the Fourth, courtesy of Emergency animal Hospital of Northwest Austin:

Fireworks are jarring enough for humans who understand what they are -- to pets, they represent an unknown, powerful threat. the easiest way to cope with this problem is to block out the sights and sounds fireworks as best you can. Put your pet in a central part of the house or in his crate, along with his favorite blankets and toys. Close the window curtains and turn on the TV or a source of music to distract your pet from the goings-on outdoors. If these strategies have failed you in the past, ask your primary veterinarian to prescribe a sedative for the occasion.

Outdoor activities can provide more genuine dangers. Keep your pet indoors or securely fenced so he cannot run out into the street; an intoxicated or otherwise distracted driver may not see him in time to stop. If you barbecue, be very careful to keep lighter fluid or sources of flame out of paw's reach, and never feed your pet scraps from the grill.

Our 24 Hour Animal Hospital Is Standing By

We understand that you cannot protect your pet against every possible eventuality. If your Fourth of July includes an unfortunate injury or other emergency, rest assured that our 24 hour animal hospital is ready to provide aid. Nights, weekends or holidays, you can count on us to come to your pet's rescue. In the meantime, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe Independence Day!

Does your dog react badly to firecrackers or other fireworks? What does he do?

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