While Fourth of July is a time of celebration for Americans, man’s best friend may be at increased risk for injury and illness over the holiday.
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co shares the most common Fourth of July related pet injuries based on its database of more than 525,000 insured pets.
Pets are at risk for a number of firework-related injuries. Common injuries include: burns; strangulation from getting a collar caught on a fence or jumping a fence due to the loud noise of fireworks; and laceration from breaking through a glass window or fence. Average costs for treatment run upward from $355.
Other common holiday-related injuries/illness include heat stroke, drowning after falling in a pool and poisoning from eating chocolate or table scraps and ingesting alcohol.
VPI suggests pet owners plan ahead with the following tips to keep our furry friends safe during the holiday weekend:
- Set up a safe zone for your pet and never leave your pet unattended or tied up in the back yard.
- Leave out extra water bowls to ensure your pet stays hydrated and be aware of foods that could be toxic to your dog.
- Be mindful of your dog around a pool and if they are allowed to swim, make sure they’re a comfortable swimmer and know how to get out of the pool.
The American Kennel Club makes the point that it’s safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing them to your neighbor’s party. Keeping your pet in a safe room where he/she is comfortable can reduce stress from the noise of fireworks.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!