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Fourth of July

Pet friendly Fourth of July Tips

As we prepare for fireworks and barbeques this Fourth of July, here are some tips on how to keep your pets safe and calm during this Independence Day.

  • It is safer to keep your pets home during Fourth of July celebrations. Keep your pets in the house, rather than in your yard. Pets will be safer indoors and not try to jump fences or get through gates.
  • Pets can be startled by the loud noises of fireworks. Once the festivities begin, keep your pet in a safe room. Block outside sights and sounds by lowering blinds and turning on a television or some music.
  • There are some products that can help your pet through the celebration. Over the counter aids include, Benadryl, Rescue Remedy, pheromone collars, and Adaptil plugins.
    •  Benadryl can aid in calming your pet and can cause drowsiness
    •  Rescue remedy can be purchased usually and pet stores and health food stores;    Rescue Remedy is more of a Holistic calming medication.
    • Pheromone collars and Adaptil plugins help modify stress related behaviors. Pheromones that are released are the same as the pheromones released by a nursing mother and comfort our furry friends.  We offer these products at our hospital; some pet stores may also carry these items.
  • Prescription medications include Alprazolam, Acepromazine and Anxitane.
    • Alprazolam is a short acting anti-anxiety medication that should be given prior the festivities, but will wear off rather quickly.
    • Acepromazine is an actual sedative, and although your pet may look content and sleepy they are aware of their surroundings.
  • Avoid scraps from the grill, while tempting to our pets, any change in diet can cause stomach upset. In addition some foods like onions, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic

We hope these tips are helpful

Happy Fourth of July from

River City Animal Hospital

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