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Posted on 06-23-2017
The 4th of July can be a lot of fun for you and your pets, with all the outdoor activities and variety of foods and yummy treats. But staying aware of the hazards that Independence day celebrations may pose can help keep you from having to interrupt the fun for an emergency visit to the vet. Here are a few things that Cary Animal Hospital wants to inform you about.
At our Cary Animal Hospital, we see a lot of pets that become victims of party-related choking incidents. This is especially a hazard during the outdoor celebrations for the 4th of July, when everybody’s got ribs, chicken and corn-on-the-cob cooking on the grill. These foods may be delicious, but their bones and tough core can be hard for some pets to chew up and swallow properly. Try to keep soft foods, small snacks and finger foods accessible to your pets to help keep them away from the bulky foods and bones.
Most pets love to run around in the open air, which is a great exercise for them, but it can also be extremely exhausting. In the heat of July, it is easy for them to become dehydrated which may lead to such things as vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness or worse. Avoid this problem by making sure that there are plenty of ways for your pet to access water during the 4th of July festivities.
Pets are curious by nature and seeing a sizzling object may appear to be an enticing toy to some animals. If you’re lighting fireworks at home, keep your pet as far away from them as possible -- just as you would with small children.
If you do find yourself in need of a Veterinarian in Cary during your 4th of July celebration, don’t try to deal with the situation on your own. Call Chatham Animal Hospital as soon as possible to get immediate advice on how to provide care for your pet or to find out if there’s a need to bring him into our hospital for vet intervention. We look forward to meeting with you!
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