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5 Pet Safety Tips For 4th of July

4th of july dog

The 4th of July is a time of celebration! Between grilling on the BBQ, festive neighborhood parades and the after-dark firework shows, this time of year is a blast. By following the tips below, you can help ensure that you and your pet have a safe and fun-filled 4th of July.

1. Leave pets in a safe zone. The loud noise of fireworks can startle your cat or dog, so keep your pet inside your home or a place where they can feel comfortable. Book their stay at Best Friends, and we’ll be sure they have a safe, comfortable and fun stay with us! If you have to leave them at home, we suggest a frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter or treats, accompanied by some soft music and plenty of water to help ease the nerves of your furry friend. Here are a few other tips to keep your pet entertained while you’re away.

Dog at a picnic 2. Although we sometimes like sneaking our pets dinner scraps here and there, be mindful that some human food can be harmful to your pet. Chocolate, beer, corn-on-the-cob, onions, grapes, garlic, avocado, and raisins are all hazardous foods for dogs and cats. Here is a full list of human foods you should not feed your pets.

Puppy at the vet

3. Only apply sunscreenbug repellent to your pet if you’ve consulted with your veterinarian about certain pet-friendly products. What is safe for a human to use could be harmful to your pet.

Pug in a cone

4. Charcoal, glow sticks, sparklers and fireworks can be harmful or even toxic to pets. Be sure to keep your pet away from such items. If your pet does ingest or is injured by any of those items, call your emergency veterinarian immediately.

Cat being micro-chipped

5. Did you know that more pets go missing on 4th of July than any other day of the year? Ensuring your pet has up-to-date identification (ID tags and microchip) may be the best way t­o retrieve your pet should they manage to escape during the holiday festivities. If your pet does go missing, follow these steps to help bring your furry friend back home.

 

For any questions, please consult your local veterinarian.

 

Share your photos and videos with us! Did you score a video of Sparky catching a fly ball while jumping into the pool? Did you snap a cute photo of Fluffy in a sleeping slumber? Send your best photos and videos of your pets to marketing@bestfriends.net for a chance to be featured.

 

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So you have a new puppy – now what?

Golden Retriever Puppy

Is there anything better than a warm, wiggly, cuddly puppy? A new bundle of joy always brings smiles but also, responsibility. Making sure your new fur baby is healthy and well cared for now, will save you time and money down the road. So, what now?

First, schedule a visit with your family vet within the first week of getting your new pup. Be sure to bring in any paperwork you have about vaccinations, wellness checks, or medications they have been given. The purpose of this general check-up exam is to make sure your puppy doesn’t have any obvious health problems or birth defects. For example, your veterinarian will check the mouth for a cleft palate, listen to the heart in case of a heart murmur, check for an umbilical hernia, etc. This exam is also a good time for you to discuss anything you have noticed at home that you are concerned about. Is your pup not eating well? Have you noticed any vomiting or diarrhea? Have you noticed a runny nose or watery eyes?

It is important to remember that even if your new fur baby is not showing any signs of a health problem at the time of their visit to the vet, they may still be incubating an illness. Diseases such as parvovirus or distemper can take 7 to 10 days to start causing symptoms, so be sure to keep an eye out for any signs of a problem.

During your visit, your veterinarian will also recommend getting a poop sample to check your new puppy for intestinal parasites and discuss a deworming schedule. Pups are often born with intestinal parasites and, even if they have already been dewormed, will often need more than a single dose of deworming medication.

Vaccinations (shots) are critical to keeping your puppy healthy and can help them avoid common puppy illnesses such as parvovirus and distemper. During your initial visit, your veterinarian will go over a vaccine schedule for your new pup. The first set of shots should happen at around 6 to 8 weeks of age with boosters given every 3 to 4 weeks until they are about 16 weeks old. Remember, until your pup is fully vaccinated, be sure to keep him/her isolated from other dogs. This means no boarding, no dog parks, pet stores, etc.

This initial visit is also a good time for you to talk to your veterinarian about microchipping. This means inserting a chip about the size of a grain of rice under the puppy’s skin that contains your contact information. If your dog is ever lost or separated from you in an emergency, a veterinary clinic or shelter will be able to scan your pet and contact you. Inserting the chip is easy (it’s just like getting a vaccine) and the cost is typically low.  Even if your pet is chipped however, they should still wear a collar with their name and your contact information.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions at this (or any) vet visit! This is the time for you to ask about anything you are concerned about. Your Best Friends veterinarian and the entire veterinary team are there to help you be the best pet parent you can be and to make sure that life with your new pup gets off to a safe and healthy start!

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Happy National Puppy Day!

A big shout out to all of the puppies out there… We Love You!

Happy National Puppy Day!

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