It’s a big weekend. A big, big weekend here in North America. To all my Canadian friends- Happy Canada Day! And to my American partners in crime, I hope you’re getting the barbecues cleaned off and ready to roll!
The Fourth of July is the number one day for pets to run off. Number one. So while you are busy perfecting your burger recipe and figuring out how many ears of corn you need for Monday, take just a moment to do a couple of things to keep your pet safe:
1. Make sure your pet’s microchip information is up to date, as well as their ID tags. I can’t count how many times that a good samaritan brings a found microchipped pet to the clinic but the contact info has expired, or their tags have a disconnected phone number. It’s horrible.
2. Review your food plan for the day. I have to do this every time we have a party. Corn cobs are notorious for causing foreign body obstructions, steak fat can lead to a nasty pancreatitis, and don’t even get me started on those shish kebab skewers. If you’re going to have the good stuff- and I don’t blame you- make sure your guests have no option but to use the covered trash cans. This goes for the booze bottles too- there’s fewer things sadder than a drunk dog with no clue why he can’t stand up straight.
If you have one of those Annoying Uncle Bufords who insists on feeding your dog fatty people food despite your asking him not to, you have my permission to lie and create a yarn regarding life-threatening food allergies, and ominously threaten him with the vet bill. Better yet, come up with a pre-emptive strike by having festive dog-appropriate treats on hand for him to give instead.
3. Address the fireworks issue. If you know the sound of fireworks makes your pet nervous, there’s still time to come up with a game plan. Dr. Crosby has a great roundup of posts at About Vet Med covering everything from noise phobia and sedatives to DAP collars and Thundershirts.
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Photo Credit: Fourth of July Celebration by MarkelConnors, on Flickr