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Posted on 06-25-2018

4th of July with Pets: Your Survival Guide from Our Diamond Bar Veterinarian

The same sights, sounds and smells we humans love on Independence Day can strike fear in our pets and endanger their safety. In fact, the celebrations cause a spike in emergency visits and missing pets. At East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic, we want you to have a happy 4th of July with pets with this survival guide from your Diamond Bar veterinarian.

Dog celebrating 4th of July

Pet Ideas for 4th of July Fireworks

The best way to keep pets safe from fireworks is to keep them inside and ensure they are wearing I.D. tags and have been microchipped. Make a safe space inside with access to water and food. Playing the TV or stereo loud in an enclosed room filled with favorite toys and blankets are smart pet ideas for 4th of July. A crate is ideal for crate-trained dogs. Like babies, some dogs are comforted by being swaddled in jackets designed to reduce anxiety.

Pet Holiday Food Safety

If you're barbecuing with friends, it can be tempting to share a few scraps with your cat or dog; however, many 4th of July foods are dangerous to pets. Follow pet holiday food safety guidelines and don't let pets near chocolate, fatty foods, foods with nitrates or foods with bones. Additionally, keep your pet away from hot grills. Ensure drinks, especially alcohol, are kept away from curious pets.

4th of July Pet Toxins

Before you let your pet roam your party, check that 4th of July pet toxins are out of reach. These include lighter fluid, matches, citronella and pest control products, all of which can cause health emergencies if consumed. Even those fun glow sticks are toxic to pets. Once the celebrations end, make sure all fireworks and trash are disposed of before letting your pet outside.

Pet Holiday Emergency Appointments

In the case of a pet holiday emergency, your Diamond Bar veterinarian is here to help. Our hospital is staffed with an experienced team who specializes in emergencies and critical care. Call us at (909) 861-5737 or come right in at 938 N Diamond Bar Blvd, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.

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