Happy Safe 4th of July from Animal Hospital of Loves Park
Animal Hospital of Loves Park wants you to have a happy and safe 4th of July with your family, friends, and your pets. We can show you ways to stay safe during this opportunity to get out of the house, cook on the grill, and celebrate your American independence.
Beware of 5 Pet Holiday Risks and Take Caution
Having an outdoor barbeque can provide your pet the chance to run around a little more than usual, which has health benefits. However, we want to remind you of the risks, and we urge you to take these five precautions:
- Beware of hot, summer temperatures. Any furry animal is susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Always make water available and look for signs of lethargy or other dehydration symptoms. Take your furry companion inside or to a cool area before the problem worsens.
- Booms and loud noises could scare your pet. Place your dog or cat indoors in a cool but enclosed, quiet room if the animal seems scared. You can tell if an animal is afraid if you notice he or she shivers, whines, meows, cowers, hides, or otherwise acts timid.
- Watch out that your pet does not run out of the yard. Make sure your animals cannot burrow their way out from under a fence when you’re not looking. Have them properly tagged just in case, though.
- Don’t let your animal get near your grill. Not only does the food on it have too much fat and sodium for your dog or cat, but you also risk chance of a severe burn. Find a way to keep the grill area separate from where your animals run and play. You also risk chance of food poisoning if meat is still partially raw.
- Protect your pet from parasites. More outdoor fun also means increased chance of attracting fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites. Mosquitos often are active, too. Have your bug repellants ready, and make sure your animal has all the appropriate shots.
Contact Your Loves Park Veterinarian for a Checkup and Safe Pet Ideas
Please contact Animal Hospital of Loves Park at 815-986-4445 to make an appointment with a veterinarian for routine checkups and treatment. We also can provide safe summer pet ideas for you.