Fourth of July Safety Tips

Posted on Jul 01, 2014 , 0 comments

All Healthy Spot locations will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. We will resume normal hours on the 5th of July and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The typical image of a Fourth of July celebration involves barbecues, fireworks, and being outdoors. However, don’t forget to take care of your four-legged family members on this holiday. Many parts of this celebration can be hazardous to your dog's health. Identification—please make sure that your dogs have proper identification. If your pooch runs away, proper identification can be a good way to help others bring them back to you. This could include a good collar with your information and micro-chipping. A microchip implanted just beneath the surface of your dogs skin by a vet can ensure that if your dog is taken in by a shelter or rescue service, they can be scanned for your contact information. Food—take the time to keep food and alcohol away from your dogs. There are many foods that are harmful to your four-legged friends that may be available at your typical backyard barbecue. (Please store your matches and lighter fluid safely during use.) Keeping Cool—is essential to the health of your dog. If you are interested in tips on keeping your four-legged family members cool on a hot summer day check out this article. Be Aware of the where—abouts of your dog. Do not leave your dog in a car or outside unattended. Theft, heat, and runaways can be hazards for your pet. Safe Spaces—are important for your four-legged family members. If you need to leave them at home alone, create a comfortable, quiet space for them. Sometimes leaving a radio or tv on eases anxiety when they are alone. Remove any hazards and make sure your house is closed-up: blinds, doors, and windows. Sunscreen and Bug Repellents—that are not labeled for animal use can cause serious harm to your animals. Glow Jewelry—is fun for kids, but if your dog ingests any of that glowing substance —they can be seriously hurt. Fireworks Displays—are not a good place for any dog. Know Your Resources—emergency veterinarians, poison control, and animal control.

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