Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the hot sidewalks summertime can be rough on your pets. Not only that but 4th of July is today. Make sure you are taking the right safety measures for your pooch.
- If you are walking your dog near fireworks displays, be sure your pet is secured on a leash in case it tries to bolt.
- Never use fireworks around pets. While lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets and potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate and other heavy metals.
- Don’t give your pet “table food.” If you are having a backyard barbecue, you may be tempted to slip some snacks to your pet. Like beer and chocolate, there are other festive foods that could harm your pet. Onions, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible hazards for dogs and cats.