Make Sure it's a Happy 4th for All!

Jun 22, 2020

It is that time of year when we all like to get together with our friends and family to celebrate the Fourth of July . Even though we might not be able to observe this holiday with all of our friends and family due to the Covid-19 virus, we still might barbecue at home and have a display of fireworks. While these festivities are fun for us, that is not always true for our beloved fur babies. This could potentially be an extremely stressful, scary and dangerous day for both dogs and cats. The fireworks can startle animals and the food that we barbecue can potentially make cats or dogs very sick.  The summer heat can be very dangerous too. I am going to give you some great guidelines to follow so that your fur babies can be safe on this festive day.

Microchip:
Just imagine all the noise from the fireworks.  This could really frighten and startle pets. This could cause them to run away. If this unfortunate incident happens, they could be taken to a veterinarian to be scanned.  If they do not have a microchip, the chances of locating the owner is lessened. If your fur baby is not microchipped, this is a simple procedure that can be performed at Hillcrest Animal Hospital.  If your animal is microchipped, please make sure that your information is up-to-date. Also have a current picture on hand as well.

Hosting a Barbecue:
I know that it is hard to resist those big eyes when your pet is begging for food, but please make sure you tell your guests not to feed any  table scraps to your pet.  This could make them very sick. Who wants to spend the Fourth of July at the emergency clinic.

Summer Heat:
Please make sure that there is ample shade outside for your pet if they do go outside.  Do not leave them outside for a long period of time. They could get a heat stroke.  Signs to watch for are: panting, drooling, restlessness, breathing distress, possibly vomiting or diarrhea. Make sure that they have access to plenty of water .

Anxious Fur Babies:
If your pet becomes easily frightened by loud sounds, call Hillcrest Animal Hospital and talk to one of our veterinarians about what options would be best to help .

The best thing over all for your pet would be to leave them in the house, in a safe place.  If you need any specific advice for  your pet, please call Hillcrest Animal Hospital (864-967-7387).

Dr. Ashlie HiIl