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4th of July Pet Safety Tips - Vail, Edwards, Gypsum, Eagle, Avon, Minturn, ColoradoHow to keep your pets safe, healthy, and ALIVE during Fourth of July celebrations. Pet Safety is NO accident!

Just as safety is a constant thought process for your children, the same can be true for your pets. When celebrating any event in our beautiful mountain community on a hot sunny day during the month of July, it's crucial to remember what is best for your beloved pets. Some key points are to: always provide proper hydration and shade, be careful of anything your pet eats, and avoid loud fireworks.

The Vail Valley Animal Hospital has put together some key points from ASPCA and PETMED to help ensure you and your pets have a safe and fun 4th of July this year in Vail, CO.


1 - Leave your pet(s) at home:

We know your pal goes everywhere with you, however, when it comes to July 4th celebrations and loud firework displays in Vail, Edwards, Eagle or Gypsum, the obvious choice is to leave your friend at home! Some pets, especially dogs, can get really terrified and attempt to "escape" the situation resulting in an out of control dog, and an unsettling situation.

2 - Keep matches and lighter fluid away from your pet:

Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

3 - DO NOT put GLOW jewelry on your pet:

The substances in these luminescent glow jewelry are not highly poisonous, however severe blockage and irritation in their gastrointestinal area can be the result of swallowing large pieces of the plastic glow containers. Keep them away and off your pet!

4 - Never use fireworks around your pet:

Severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets can be a result of exposure to lit fireworks. Even unused fireworks might pose a danger to your pet. Potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals are often included in these fireworks and can really hurt your pet.

5 - Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals:

Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems. Make sure that any substance you use on your pet clearly states on the label "safe for use on pets".

6 - Alcohol = poison to pets:

Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. In severe cases death from respiratory failure can occur.

7 - Keep your pet hydrated and in the shade:

During our hot & dry July weather, and the overall climate in the Vail Valley, during the 4th of July it's very important that you ensure your pet stays well hydrated and close to shade where necessary. If you are out and about during the holiday make sure to take some water for your pets and give them breaks in a nice cool, shady, spot!

8 - Noisy, loud, crowded firework displays are NOT fun for pets:

Resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

9 - No "table-food" for your pets:

While attending large BBQ outings with friends there is often food readily available, and scraps left over that may be very enticing to curious pets. Do not be tempted to slip some table scraps and left overs to your furry friends. There are a variety of foods besides the obvious chocolate and beer that can be very harmful to your pet. Items such as: onions, raisins, salt, yeast dough, Xylitol (artificial sweetener), and avocados can be very toxic to dogs and cats.

10 - Make sure your pet is properly identified:

In the event your pet manages to "escape" and makes a run for it, make sure they can be identified with proper information on their tags. Consider fitting them with a microchip, id tags, or both! Having a recent picture of your pet is also a great idea to help locate them ASAP.


NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR PET WHILE TRAVELING THIS JULY 4th...? LET US TAKE CARE OF YOUR PETS! If you are headed out of town this Fourth of July holiday you can always use our top notch Vail Valley Animal Hospital Pet Boarding Services to ensure all your pets needs are well taken care of while you are gone. With a passionate staff, plenty of play and rest time, optional grooming packages, and a nice clean environment make VVAH your preferred choice when it comes to pet boarding in the Vail Valley and this Fourth of July! Learn more about our pet boarding services here!

Dr. Charlie Meynier
July, 2013

If you have specific questions or concerns regarding your pet and the upcoming July 4th in the Vail Valley, please contact us anytime by calling us at 970.949.4044 (Eagle-Vail, CO location) or 970.926.3496 (Edwards, CO location).

Feel free to e-mail questions to charlie@vailvalleyanimalhospital.com. Veterinarian's Charlie Meynier and Tom Suplizio practice at the Vail Valley Animal Hospital and ER, with locations in Eagle-Vail and Edwards that offer comprehensive small animal medicine and surgery.

On-call vets are available after hours, and an emergency hospital in Edwards is open 24 hours a day, with a doctor on the premises weekends and holidays. For more information, call 970-926-3496 or visit www.vailvalleyanimalhospital.com.


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