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Posted on 07-03-2017

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

Celebrate America's Independence Safely With Help From Our Lincoln Veterinarian Team

Summertime is here! At Antelope Creek Veterinary Healthcare Center, our experienced and highly skilled Lincoln veterinarian team, along with the rest of our staff, wants to support all local pet owners in their quest to have the best summer ever. To do that, we strongly encourage people to understand some important safety tips when it comes to hosting backyard barbecues or summer vacations with the pets around. 

While these safety tips are helpful throughout the summer, they are especially important on the Fourth of July, when holiday excitement can sometimes distract even the most attentive pet parents from their animals.

Read on to learn more.fourth of july pet safety tips from your veterinarian in lincoln, NE

Top 5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe & Comfortable This Fourth of July

  1. Always supervise your pets around food, alcoholic beverages, the pool, and especially the backyard grill. Sadly, we've heard one too many stories of cats or dogs falling ill--or worse--after getting into something they shouldn't have. 
  2. Don't put glow jewelry on your pets; they can bite them and become sick from the substance inside. Equally, keep a close eye on holiday decorations, citronella candles, and similar party debris to reduce avoid a choking hazard. 
  3. Never leave your dog or cat outside unattended when the weather is very hot. Hyperthermia and heat stroke can happen quickly, especially if the animal does not have access to shade or cool water. 
  4. If you're going to be in and out of the house a lot, then be sure that your home is escape-proof. Ensure all fences are closed and/or properly restrain your animal if necessary. Be sure to have a collar with an ID tag on it so that it'll be easier to reconnect with your animal if it does get loose. 
  5. Always have a safe and quiet space for your pet to go when fireworks start going off. Many cats and dogs don't like the noise, and if coupled with house guests and party goers, this can be cause for extreme anxiety in your pet. Leave your animal at home away from the festivities, or if you're hosting, then be sure to designate a space in your home that your pet can be left alone (with a comfortable place to rest and fresh water). 

If you're hosting a big Independence Day party, then it may be easier for you to board your animal (remember: this option may also be less stressful for your pet!). Call us to learn more about our medically-supervised boarding, but act quickly, as we tend to book up quickly around busy holidays.

Talk to a Lincoln Veterinarian Today!

Antelope Creek Veterinary Healthcare Center is your leading animal hospital in Lincoln, NE for quality animal care all throughout the year. If you'd like to schedule an appointment with a Lincoln veterinarian or learn more about how to keep your pet safe this summer, then call us today at 402-488-0993.

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