Monday, July 2, 2012
Happy Birthday USA
What do you think of when I say Fourth of July celebration? Parades? Fireworks? Picnics? I love a good party but not all pets do. Parades, with large crowds of cheering people, marching bands playing music and people throwing things from floats make some pets very anxious. Fireworks, although pretty, are very, very loud to our sensive ears. And picnics. Fourth of July picnics are actually dangerous places for pets.
Lots of things that you see at a picnic may seem harmless but they are not. Hot dogs, hamburgers, potatoe salad, chips, they're just food. So what's wrong with food. We dogs should only eat dog food even though we love human food. You might think a little human food would be okay. Well, dogs you see, we're never full. If we can beg or steal human food we will keep going until we are really sick.
That can of beer or glass of wine you leave by the side of your chair, can be mightly tempting to a pet. But pets should NEVER be allowed to drink any kind of alcohol. Alcohol is so toxic to pets
And the other stuff we might find lying around like sunscreen, insect repellant, citronella candles or oils can cause serious harm if we eat them. You see, we can't read and some of these things look like they would be fun to play with. We won't know it's not good to eat until it's too late.
Fireworks and glow sticks also look like toys but are poisonous so please make sure they are well out of reach. Like I said before, the noise from fireworks is scarey to many pets. So many pets get scared by fireworks that the Fourth of July is the day/night when the most pets get lost. The loud continuous noise is so scary a dog or cat might keep running. They are so scared that they could run so far trying to get away from the noise that they can't find their way home. They could even run into traffic and get hit.
Please help us stay safe this Fourth of July. I have a nice crate in an air conditioned room that is a perfect place for me to spend the Fourth. I can have my own good food and cool water with ice in it and nap the day away. If you don't have AC, find a nice cool room and turn on a fan. If your pet is really scared, you can call your vet today and have them give you something to help. There are also some good holistic treatments you can get at most pet stores.
Wishing you (and your pets) a happy and safe Fourth of July.
Your friend Zeva
P.S. Follow me on Twitter @zevathedog or see the pet gift baskets I designed at Laurel Mountain Basket Co