Happy and Healthy 4th of July from Variety Pet Foods!

The 4th of July is such a fun holiday, wouldn’t you agree? Often, it’s a day where family and friends gather together for picnics, barbeques, camping, maybe even rafting or tubing down the nearest river—or the heat inspires a day-long visit to the water park! And, of course, there are the fireworks shows once darkness falls.

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Whatever your form of fun and however you celebrate the freedom of the 4th, your pets are likely going to be involved in the festivities in one way or another. Like many holidays, though, there are a number of possible hazards that you should be aware of before they negatively impact your pet’s health.

  • Keep Fireworks Far Away! – If you’re in an area where personal fireworks are legal (many counties have made them illegal in Colorado, for instance), recognize that they pose a bigger danger to pets than just being scary loud noises. Exposure to fireworks can result in burned fur, singed paws—or your pet might ingest the firework and be exposed to the many toxins they contain.
  • No Alcohol! – The 4th of July often inspires a good deal of cool beverage consumption, and this can take the form of beer, wine coolers, or chilly cocktails. Refreshing for you, yes, but  dangerous for your pet! Ensure that any open containers of alcohol are kept out of reach from your dogs or cats, just so they aren’t tempted to lap up what they think is a sweet liquid treat and then suffer from dehydration.
  • Pets-Only Repellant – The summer months often bring out mosquitoes by the droves in many parts of the country. It can be sad to see a pet being swarmed by these annoying insects, but resist the temptation to spritz them down the same bug repellant you humans are using (same goes for sunscreen!). There are pets-only brands of repellant you can invest in. Using human sprays can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive thirst in pets.

How do you celebrate the 4th of July? Are your pets along for the fun, and do you make any specific preparations to make sure they come out the other side with fur un-singed?

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