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Trust me, the 4th ain’t no fun for Fido

July 3, 2007 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode

Of course you like to celebrate special occasions with your best friends and they with you. Independence Day is just not one of them. I’m talking your four-legged friends.

It’s all common sense, but then, I know that trait is a rare commodity anymore. It is, though, a good opportunity to teach youngins’ some great pet safety tips.

golden 4thThere are just too many potentially hazardous materials around on this holiday that could harm your pets (not to mention yourself but, you're on your own, I'm watching out for the welfare of our furbabies). “Like what?” you ask. Well, oh, bright star (you can use that one on anyone who might question you), Just to name a few: alcohol, sunscreen, insect repellent. lighter fluid, matches, charcoal, glow jewelry (luminescent substance), citronella candles, insect coils and oils, fireworks.

And, don’t forget all the picnic foods that will be within snout’s reach. It’s hard to resist the sad eye’s gazing pathetically up at you and your fresh-off-the-grill burger. Just remember, any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and “the runs”, according to the ASPCA. As tempting as it may be, they advise owners to “Keep your pets on their normal diet.” This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals. (read more)

While you might miss having your best friend at your side, this is one holiday designed more so for humans. Do your fur-baby a huge favor and find them a quiet, sheltered, comfortable, escape-proof area of your home to relax in while you are out enjoying the risks of fireworks, hearburn, and hangovers.  ... Oh! And, Happy 4th of July!

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